trim down

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.trim down - cut down ontrim down - cut down on; make a reduction in; "reduce your daily fat intake"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
shorten - make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration; "He shortened his trip due to illness"
spill - reduce the pressure of wind on (a sail)
quench - reduce the degree of (luminescence or phosphorescence) in (excited molecules or a material) by adding a suitable substance
cut - have a reducing effect; "This cuts into my earnings"
retrench - make a reduction, as in one's workforce; "The company had to retrench"
slash - cut drastically; "Prices were slashed"
thin out - make sparse; "thin out the young plants"
thin - make thin or thinner; "Thin the solution"
minify, decrease, lessen - make smaller; "He decreased his staff"
detract, take away - take away a part from; diminish; "His bad manners detract from his good character"
deflate - reduce or cut back the amount or availability of, creating a decline in value or prices; "deflate the currency"
inflate - increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value; "inflate the currency"
downsize - reduce in size or number; "the company downsized its research staff"
subtract - take off or away; "this prefix was subtracted when the word was borrowed from French"
knock off, shave - cut the price of
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1. To make neat and trim; make presentable:
clean (up), freshen (up), groom, neaten (up), slick up, spruce (up), tidy (up), trig (out).
2. To decrease, as in length or amount, by or as if by severing or excising:
3. To make a slight reduction in (a price):
4. To furnish with decorations:
5. Informal. To punish with blows or lashes:
Slang: lay into, lick.
6. Informal. To win a victory over, as in battle or a competition:
Informal: whip.
Slang: ace, lick.
Idioms: carry the day, get the best of, get the better of, go someone one better.
7. Informal. To get money or something else from by deceitful trickery:
Informal: chisel, flimflam, take.
Slang: diddle, do, gyp, stick, sting.
phrasal verb
trim down
To lose body weight, as by dieting:
reduce, slim (down).
1. A state of sound readiness:
1. In good order or clean condition:
Chiefly British: tight.
2. Having slender and graceful lines:
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w>trim down

vt sep wick, budget, essaykürzen (→ to auf +acc); hedge(zurecht)stutzen; roseszurückschneiden; to trim down one’s figureetwas für seine Figur tun
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References in classic literature ?
You see, I'd given it to 'em stiff--regular city prices; an' I was prepared to trim down. Then they come back.
Having seen his weight balloon to 250 pounds after he was away from the game for almost a decade, the 6-foot-2 Evangelista only wanted to trim down.
Locators, mostly multinationals, said they might trim down manpower or move out of the country if their incentives, particularly the 5-percent tax on gross income earned (GIE) in lieu of all local and national taxes, are removed.
The interior ministry has left the final decision on the cabinet whether to trim down the holidays or not.
England boss Roy Hodgson will have to trim down two more players from his original 26 in the next 24 hours after already losing Fabian Delph because of a groin injury.
With the NBA opening just days away, two teams have made significant transactions to trim down their respective lineups.
In a press statement, the Premier's Office noted that Al-Abadi has issued a government decree to trim down the number of guards of officials by up to 90 percent and to cancel VIPs convoys.
Global Banking News-September 9, 2014--Federal Reserve to force big banks to trim down
The insiders told the news agency that the government was looking to shed a non-controlling holding in the umbrella group, and not shares in its banking or insurance subsidiaries, in a bid to raise funds to trim down Italy's sizable debt.
We use them to scrape paint, trim down wood, peel back caulking, and even to shear off screws and nails (don't tell the woodworkers).
The 28-year-old singer, who wanted to trim down her tummy after the birth of her first daughter, said that the need for an ideal body is the reason behind the controversial video of her comeback single 'Hard Out Here', the Daily Star reported.