Definition of cut down phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

cut down

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb Gardening
 
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Phrasal Verbs
(formal) to kill somebody He was cut down by an assassin's bullet.
 to make something fall down by cutting it at the base to cut down a tree See related entries: Gardening

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cut down (on something)

 
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 to reduce the size, amount or number of something We need to cut the article down to 1 000 words. The doctor told him to cut down on his drinking. I won't have a cigarette, thanks—I'm trying to cut down (= smoke fewer).
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