Definition of cutdown in US English:



  • 1A decrease or reduction.

    as modifier ‘left with a cutdown staff’
    • ‘There are a few interesting options on the free-agent market, but the team will likely wait until June - cutdown time - to make any moves for any veterans.’
    • ‘Bollinger likely won't make it through both cutdown days unless one of the other three quarterbacks has an injury.’
    • ‘Early March is a period keeper-league owners dread: cutdown time.’
    • ‘The Ravens are waiting for the final cutdown to see if they can steal a player.’
    • ‘And the nice thing is that NBC All Night (or whatever they call it) airs the full shows instead of the hour cutdowns.’
    • ‘The U.S. claims that this action is aimed to fill up a vacuum caused by the cutdown of U.S. troops.’
    • ‘After being released by the Saints on the final cutdown, Fontenot agreed to join the Bengals.’
    • ‘On the final preseason cutdown, cornerback Cris Dishman was released by the Chiefs.’
    • ‘The Bills kept only two healthy QBs on cutdown day because Doug Flutie's recovery from a groin injury had been faster than expected.’
    • ‘That patience could pay off, with several rosters bloated with reserves who won't survive cutdowns.’
    • ‘Over in the gallery, you can also see a Castle Film called No Fires, Please, which is a cutdown of Fireman, Save My Child, which was the Abbott and Costello film that Universal made without Abbott or Costello.’
    • ‘As we all know, NBC runs an old episode of Saturday Night Live very early Sunday morning each week… and they run the full 90-minute versions of them, not the 60-minute cutdowns that are more often available.’
    • ‘Musinski, who was featured in our NFL cutdown story, signed a contract in mid-October with the Kats.’
    • ‘Some guys are so superstitious that when it starts getting close to cutdown day, they tell me, ‘Don't even make eye contact with me.’
    • ‘The final roster was being shaped, and the rookie running back had one more cutdown to survive.’
    • ‘Inertia, low growth, elimination of everything, which in no way is giving profit, cutdowns on all the line, limitations… in the development sector, etc., etc.’
    • ‘Undrafted rookie FB Vonta Leach was re-signed after being let go on the final cutdown and will play a lot.’
    • ‘Everyone talks about how hard cutdown week is and all that guff.’
    • ‘The team acquired second-year RB Travis Prentice from Cleveland in a trade on a cutdown day.’
    • ‘It looks like a trade might be part of the final roster cutdown.’
  • 2Surgery
    A procedure of cutting into a vein in order to insert a needle or cannula.

    • ‘I grabbed a scalpel and sliced open her ankle to do a venous cutdown, a means of urgently restoring fluid when no veins can be found.’
    • ‘Crenshaw, a junior member of the team, did a cutdown on Kennedy's right leg to insert an intravenous line and watched others trying to save the president.’
    • ‘They involved performing a venous cutdown - to insert an intravenous tube - on a patient's foot and three charges related to treatment of patients under the age of five.’
    • ‘This was repaired by Dr. Healey who also delivered the placenta while I was engaged in assisting Dr. O'Neil during the resuscitation of the infant and the umbilical cutdowns.’