scale back/down

scale back/down
scale back/down [phrasal verb]
scale back/down (something) or scale (something) back/down : to decrease the size, amount, or extent of (something)

The committee scaled down the budget.

The company has scaled back production.

We scaled back our original plans.

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Main Entry:scale

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • scale back something — scale back (something) to reduce the size or amount of something. The search for the child was scaled back sharply today, with almost a third of the volunteers heading home. The program was very effective, but the plan now is to scale it back.… …   New idioms dictionary

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  • scale back — PHRASAL VERB To scale back means the same as to scale down. [mainly AM] [V P n (not pron)] Despite current price advantage, UK manufacturers are still having to scale back production. [Also V n P] Syn: decrease …   English dictionary

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  • scale — scale1 [skāl] n. [ME < LL scala (in Vulg., Jacob s ladder) < L, usually as pl., scalae, flight of stairs, ladder < * scandsla < scandere, to climb: see DESCEND] 1. Obs. a) a ladder or flight of stairs b) any means of ascent 2 …   English World dictionary

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