scale back something

scale back something
scale back (something) to reduce the size or amount of something.

The search for the child was scaled back sharply today, with almost a third of the volunteers heading home.

The program was very effective, but the plan now is to scale it back.

Usage notes: also used in the form scale down:

The original jury award of $10 million was scaled down to $250,000 by the judge.

Opposite of: ramp up (something)

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • scale back — (something) to reduce the size or amount of something. The search for the child was scaled back sharply today, with almost a third of the volunteers heading home. The program was very effective, but the plan now is to scale it back. Usage notes:… …   New idioms dictionary

  • scale back/down — [phrasal verb] scale back/down (something) or scale (something) back/down : to decrease the size, amount, or extent of (something) The committee scaled down the budget. The company has scaled back production. We scaled bac …   Useful english dictionary

  • scale back — ˌscale ˈdown ˌscale ˈback [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they scale down he/she/it scales down …   Useful english dictionary

  • scale back — phrasal verb scale down or scale back [transitive] Word forms scale down : present tense I/you/we/they scale down he/she/it scales down present participle scaling down past tense scaled down past participle scaled down to make something smaller… …   English dictionary

  • scale — scale1 [skāl] n. [ME < LL scala (in Vulg., Jacob s ladder) < L, usually as pl., scalae, flight of stairs, ladder < * scandsla < scandere, to climb: see DESCEND] 1. Obs. a) a ladder or flight of stairs b) any means of ascent 2 …   English World dictionary

  • scale — Ⅰ. scale [1] ► NOUN 1) each of the small overlapping plates protecting the skin of fish and reptiles. 2) a thick dry flake of skin. 3) a white deposit formed in a kettle, boiler, etc. by the evaporation of water containing lime. 4) tartar formed… …   English terms dictionary

  • scale — scale1 [ skeıl ] noun *** ▸ 1 size/degree/level/rate ▸ 2 arranged set ▸ 3 relationship of distance ▸ 4 for weighing ▸ 5 series of musical notes ▸ 6 hard flat piece of skin ▸ 7 substance on pipes ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) singular or uncount the size of… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • scale — 1 /skeIl/ noun 1 SIZE/LEVEL (singular, uncountable) the size or level of something, or the amount that something is happening or being done (+ of): The scale of the pollution problem was much worse than scientists had predicted. | large/small etc …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • scale — [[t]ske͟ɪl[/t]] ♦♦ scales, scaling, scaled 1) N SING: also no det, with supp If you refer to the scale of something, you are referring to its size or extent, especially when it is very big. → See also , large scale, small scale However, he… …   English dictionary

  • scale — scale1 noun 1》 each of the small overlapping horny or bony plates protecting the skin of fish and reptiles.     ↘each of numerous microscopic tile like structures covering the wings of butterflies and moths.     ↘a rudimentary leaf, feather, or… …   English new terms dictionary

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