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Definition of Curtail


  1. To cut off the end or tail, or any part, of; to shorten; to abridge; to diminish; to reduce.
  2. The scroll termination of any architectural member, as of a step, etc.

Curtail Quotations

My desire to curtail undue freedom of speech extends only to such public areas as restaurants, airports, streets, hotel lobbies, parks, and department stores. Verbal exchanges between consenting adults in private are as of little interest to me as they probably are to them.
Fran Lebowitz

I was raised around a lot of artists, musicians, photographers, painters and people that were in theater. Just having the art-communal hippie experience as a child, there wasn't a clear line that was drawn. We celebrated creative experience and creative expression. We didn't try and curtail it and stunt any of that kind of growth.
Jared Leto

No biographical subject is ever on hold with the orthodontist. If there's a dry spell, it's your job to curtail or eliminate it.
Stacy Schiff

To stop terrorists before the strike, we must do three things: deny them entry into the country, curtail their freedom of action inside the country, and deprive them of material and moral support from within the country.
Richard Perle

We must curtail the flow of illegal immigrants across the Mexican border.
Zach Wamp
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Curtail Translations

curtail in Dutch is inkrimpen, verkorten, korten
curtail in Swedish is stympa, avkorta

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