cut the deficit

When a government spends more money than it collects, that is called a "budget deficit" or just a "deficit".

The phrase "cut the deficit" means to reduce the difference. For example, if the government was spending $100 billion per year more than it was collecting, and now it's only spending $50 billion more per year, then a politician might say:

We've cut the deficit in half.


We've cut the deficit by 50 percent.

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