cut down

Definitions

  • Cut down. Wichita
    Cut down. Wichita
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cut down cut down on; make a reduction in "reduce your daily fat intake","The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
    • v cut down intercept (a player)
    • v cut down cause to come or go down "The policeman downed the heavily armed suspect","The mugger knocked down the old lady after she refused to hand over her wallet"
    • v cut down cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow "strike down a tree","Lightning struck down the hikers"
    • v cut down cut with a blade or mower "mow the grass"
    • v cut down cut with sweeping strokes; as with an ax or machete
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a year approximately 900 million trees are cut down to make the raw materials needed for American pulp mills and paper
    • Cut down to take down the body of one hanged by cutting the rope: to reduce, curtail
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Quotations

  • Horace
    Horace
    “What do sad complaints avail if the offense is not cut down by punishment.”
  • C. S. Lewis
    C.%20S.%20Lewis
    “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Time invested in improving ourselves cuts down on time wasted in disapproving of others.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Time cuts down all, both great and small.”
  • Dr. Robert Anthony
    Dr. Robert Anthony
    “Overcoming fear and worry can be accomplished by living a day at a time or even a moment at a time. Your worries will be cut down to nothing.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    Eric%20Hoffer
    “There is probably an element of malice in the readiness to overestimate people; we are laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size.”

Idioms

Cut down the tall poppies - (AU) If people cut down the tall poppies, they criticise people who stand out from the crowd.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. W. cwtau, shorten.

Usage

In literature:

Many, however, were cut-down before they could make their escape, while others were captured in the water.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
The Chairman: You try to keep an equilibrium by cutting down the top in proportion?
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
These are hard times, and we've had to cut down your wages until the dawning of a better day; we'll cut the rents down, too.
"A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike" by Charles King
They then cut down the largest trees, on each side, so that their branches met in the middle.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
One of these trees, of greater size than its companions, was sacrilegiously cut down.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Wainamoinen asked him who he was, and the tiny man replied: 'I am a mighty ocean-hero, and am come to cut down the oak-tree.
"Finnish Legends for English Children" by R. Eivind
After walking a little way along the ditch he saw the tree which had been cut down and thrown across for a bridge.
"Wood Magic" by Richard Jefferies
Having cut down the larger trees, he rolled the logs down the mountain side toward the watercourse.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
Do 'ee now ask her to have 'em cut down, and the roots burned.
"The Young Castellan" by George Manville Fenn
They were cut down and hacked by the enemy.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
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In poetry:

They'll never see him in the town,
Another on his knee.
He'd cut his laden orchards down,
If that would pleasure me.
"The Danger Of Writing Defiant Verse" by Dorothy Parker
Sometimes we are tied down by memories
and there are no scissors that could cut
through those tough threads.
Or ropes!
"Sometimes we are tied down" by Jaroslav Seifert
As flowery grass, cut down at noon,
Before the ev'ning fades,
So shall their glories vanish soon
In everlasting shades.
"Psalm 37 part 1" by Isaac Watts
And there he hung till he was dead
As any nail in town;
For, though distress had cut him up,
It could not cut him down.
"Faithless Nelly Gray" by Thomas Hood
They flourish like the morning flow'r,
In beauty's pride array'd;
But long ere night cut down it lies
All wither'd and decay'd.
"The First Six Verses Of The Ninetieth Psalm Versified" by Robert Burns
'My lock the enforc-ed steel did grate
To cut; its root-thrills came
Down to my bosom. It might sate
His lust for my poor shame!
"A Girl's Sin - In Her Eyes" by Francis Thompson

In news:

Earlier this summer, the Yale Club of New York City quietly cut down an OK tradition by allowing denim in certain portions of its Manhattan building.
Is the Albuquerque police department doing everything it can, to cut down on officer involved shootings.
Aberdeen board denies developer 's request to cut down trees.
Town commissioners told a developer it could cut down trees on land beside a planned CVS pharmacy, reversing their earlier decision.
Solar powered ovens could help prevent deforestation in countries like Uganda, where people in poor villages cut down trees for cooking fuel.
The Zanesville Police Department hopes to fund a new program, to cut down on problems around the city.
Oxford Schools are trying to cut down on drop-out s and the district has improved over the past 10 years down from 40 to 11 last year.
More than $2.5-million is coming to Maine to cut down on underage drinking and drug abuse .
Crews helped cut down the tree from Don and Phyllis Norskov's front yard Monday morning.
QB Brandon Weeden says he needs to check ego , cut down interceptions.
Over the last few months, I've been trying to cut down on excessive fats and carbohydrates in my diet.
It is a precise laser facelift technology that will reverse the signs of aging without scalpels, stitches, and scars while cutting down the risks, costs, and recovery time associated with a facelift .
Now the first indication you're going too fast and need to quickly cut down to 65 mph comes just before the bridge over the Santa Cruz River.
Despite an outcry in support of the beloved chocolate and hazelnut spread, the Senate passed a measure Wednesday that would triple the tax on palm and some other vegetable oils in the hope of cutting down on obesity.
You Northeast Ohio moms really need to cut down on the crazy.
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In science:

The effective theory considered here breaks down at the cut-off scale Λ.
The problem of neutrino masses in extensions of the Standard Model
The problem is therefore reduced to studying cubics P which contain particular points of Q, cutting down significantly on the dimension of the space of cubics under consideration.
The maximum number of points on a curve of genus 4 over F_8 is 25
The space is cut down further by 4 dimensions by noting that we may subtract appropriate multiples of our quadric Q.
The maximum number of points on a curve of genus 4 over F_8 is 25
We proceed to cut down to Artinian quotients by killing a general linear form.
Hyman Bass and Ubiquity: Gorenstein Rings
If this is possible this greatly cuts down the learning time and the amount of new knowledge that needs to be gained.
The Review and Analysis of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Principles
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