Definition of cut something down to size in US English:

cut something down to size


  • Reduce the size or power of something, for example an organization, which is regarded as having become too large or powerful.

    • ‘It isn't a moral argument but, invaluably, it cuts the new imperialism down to size.’
    • ‘The roots of France's secularism lie in the struggle against the overweening power of the Catholic church: how to cut it down to size and assert the primacy - and neutrality - of the state.’
    • ‘It may cut his network down to size; but it may also galvanize it to expand.’
    • ‘That means cutting the debt mountain down to size.’
    • ‘The work of the Scottish parliament was always going to be a tough sell in screaming headlines, but the syllabically challenged tabloids did their best by promptly cutting this new institution down to size.’