scale something back/down or up

scale something back/down or up
reduce (or increase) something in size, number, or extent.
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  • scale something back — reduce something in size, number, or extent, esp. by a constant proportion across the board in the short term, even scaling back defense costs money * * * ˌscale sthˈdown derived (NAmE also ˌscale sthˈback) to reduce the number, size or extent of …   Useful english 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 something down — REDUCE, cut down, cut back, cut, decrease, lessen, lower, trim, slim down, prune. → scale * * * scale something down (or scale down) reduce something (or be reduced) in size, number or extent, esp. by a constant proportion across the board… …   Useful 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

  • 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.… …   New idioms dictionary

  • 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 — 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 — 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 — I. noun Etymology: Middle English scole, scale bowl, scale of a balance, from Old Norse skāl; akin to Old Norse skel shell more at shell Date: 14th century 1. a. either pan or tray of a balance b. a beam that is supported freely in the center and …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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