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scale something back/down (or up)

Definition of scale something back/down or up in English:

Reduce (or increase) something in size, number, or extent: manufacturing capacity has been scaled down
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  • The CD based stained glass patterns are scaled up to the desired size, printed as a template, which helps draw the same pattern onto the glass by etching.
  • He states that in most other sports be it golf, hockey, hurling, tennis etc. the size of the equipment is scaled down for the younger players.
  • A team of up to 20 officers has been working on the inquiry, although the size of the squad has been scaled down in recent years.
reduce, cut down, cut back, cut, make cutbacks in, decrease, lessen, lower, trim, slim down, prune, curtail
increase, expand, augment, build up, add to;
step up, boost, escalate
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