Pronunciation: (kut'bak"),[key] —n. 1. a reduction in rate, quantity, etc.: a cutback in production. 2. a return in the course of a story, motion picture, etc., to earlier events.
3. Football.a play in which the ball-carrier abruptly reverses direction, esp. by starting to make an end run and then turning suddenly to run toward the middle of the line.
4. a maneuver in surfing of heading the surfboard back toward a wave's crest.