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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kɜːˈteɪl/
- (US) IPA(key): /kɚˈteɪl/
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- Rhymes: -eɪl
- (transitive, obsolete) To cut short the tail of an animal
- Curtailing horses procured long horse-hair.
- (transitive) To shorten or abridge the duration of something; to truncate.
- When the audience grew restless, the speaker curtailed her speech.
- (transitive, figuratively) To limit or restrict, keep in check.
- Their efforts to curtail spending didn't quite succeed.
- Our incomes have been curtailed; his salary has been doubled.
to cut short an animal's tail
to shorten or abridge
to limit or restrict
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curtail (plural curtails)