trim back


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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.trim back - cut down ontrim back - cut down on; make a reduction in; "reduce your daily fat intake"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
shorten - make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration; "He shortened his trip due to illness"
spill - reduce the pressure of wind on (a sail)
quench - reduce the degree of (luminescence or phosphorescence) in (excited molecules or a material) by adding a suitable substance
cut - have a reducing effect; "This cuts into my earnings"
retrench - make a reduction, as in one's workforce; "The company had to retrench"
slash - cut drastically; "Prices were slashed"
thin out - make sparse; "thin out the young plants"
thin - make thin or thinner; "Thin the solution"
minify, decrease, lessen - make smaller; "He decreased his staff"
detract, take away - take away a part from; diminish; "His bad manners detract from his good character"
deflate - reduce or cut back the amount or availability of, creating a decline in value or prices; "deflate the currency"
inflate - increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value; "inflate the currency"
downsize - reduce in size or number; "the company downsized its research staff"
subtract - take off or away; "this prefix was subtracted when the word was borrowed from French"
knock off, shave - cut the price of
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Translations

w>trim back

vt sep hedge, roseszurückschneiden; costssenken; staffreduzieren
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Using a knife, trim back new growth of Virginia creeper and ivy on house walls so it does not get on to paint work, invade guttering or sneak under tiles.
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Later, you can trim back flowering stems to a healthy pair of buds.
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It's a good time to trim back hedges that are beginning to look a bit hairy.
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Snip off the dead heads of pansies and trim back any dead stems - they will soon come back to life again.
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Tougher regulation of the industry is leading banks to trim back non-core activities, such as PE investing.
As you're accelerating easily, start bringing the trim back to fully tucked-in for heavy acceleration.
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