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cut down

part of speech: phrase
definition 1: to decrease the amount of something (often fol. by "on").
We are spending too much money each month; we really need to cut down.He should cut down on his drinking.She still smokes, but she's trying to cut down.
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cut back, reduce, retrench
definition 2: to make (a piece of writing) shorter by removing some parts of the text.
The editor liked the manuscript, but she advised the author to cut it down.He cut down his essay because it was too long.
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definition 3: to reduce (something) in length of time.
They had to cut down their stay in Scotland because of urgent matters at home.
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definition 4: to cut (something standing or hanging) and bring it down.
They've cut down a lot the trees in this area.The kite was hanging from a low branch, so we were able to cut it down.