curtail

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To cut short the tail of an animal

Curtailing horses procured long horse-hair.

To shorten or abridge the duration of something; to truncate

When the audience grew restless, the speaker curtailed her speech.

To limit or restrict, keep in check

Their efforts to curtail spending didn't quite succeed.

to cut off or cut short
{v} to cut short, shorten, abridge
The scroll termination of any architectural member, as of a step, etc
To cut short the tail of a horse
place restrictions on; "curtail drinking in school"
terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent; "My speech was cut short"; "Personal freedom is curtailed in many countries"
To limit or restrict
{f} decrease, reduce, shorten, cut short
To cut off the end or tail, or any part, of; to shorten; to abridge; to diminish; to reduce
If you curtail something, you reduce or limit it. NATO plans to curtail the number of troops being sent to the region = restrict. to reduce or limit something (curtal (15-17 centuries), from courtault ; influenced by tail)
longtail
curtail dog
A dog with a docked tail; formerly, the dog of a person not qualified to course, which, by the forest laws, must have its tail cut short, partly as a mark, and partly from a notion that the tail is necessary to a dog in running; hence, a dog not fit for sporting
curtailed
{s} shortened, cut-short, reduced, diminished
curtailed
past of curtail
curtailing
present participle of curtail
curtails
third-person singular of curtail
curtail
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