cutback (plural cutbacks)

  1. A reduction of some sort in an existing program.
  2. (surfing) Maneuver where the surfer turns and surfs back towards where the wave is breaking.
    • 2005, Matt Warshaw, The Encyclopedia of Surfing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (ISBN 9780156032513), page 146:
      The cutback is one of the sport's three fundamental turns, along with the bottom turn and top turn. "It's the purest power move in the book," Australian surf journalist Nick Carroll wrote in 2000.
  3. (roofing) Solvent-thinned bitumen used in cold process roofing adhesives, cements and coatings.
  4. (soccer) An offensive pass played into a position further from the attacking goal line.

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