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cut +‎ back


cutback (plural cutbacks)

  1. A reduction of some sort in an existing program or service.
    • 2020 December 16, Paul Stephen, “Network News: Fifteen more Beeching projects receive share of £500m funding”, in Rail, page 14:
      Fifteen more proposals to reverse historical cutbacks in passenger services and the size of the rail network have secured development funding.
  2. (surfing) Maneuver where the surfer turns and surfs back towards where the wave is breaking.
    • 2005, Matt Warshaw, The Encyclopedia of Surfing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (→ISBN), page 146:
      The cutback is one of the sport's three fundamental turns, along with the bottom turn and top turn. "It's the purest power move in the book," Australian surf journalist Nick Carroll wrote in 2000.
  3. (roofing) Solvent-thinned bitumen used in cold process roofing adhesives, cements and coatings.
  4. (soccer) An offensive pass played into a position further from the attacking goal line.
    • 2011 January 29, Ian Hughes, “Southampton 1 - 2 Man Utd”, in BBC[1]:
      Lee Barnard swung at Chaplow's cutback and missed completely and then was just too far away to connect with Harding's flashing ball across the face of goal.