cutback
cutback cutback n. 1. a reduction in quantity or rate; a reduction in the amount of an activity or the funding for an activity; as, cutbacks in government research funding increased unemployment among scientists; the recession caused a cutback in auto production. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

2. a return to an earlier scene or story line in a novel, movie, etc. [PJC]

3. (Sports) a sudden switching of directions of a running football player, a surfboarder, etc. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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