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flies the handle

Synonyms:

bark, flare, flash, growl, grumble, grunt, lash out, retort, snarl, snort.
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Correct spelling:
shorten
Definition:
edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate; " bowdlerize a novel"

Synonyms:

noun
shorten
bowdlerise, bowdlerize, castrate, expurgate.
verb
change
shorten.
curtail
discontinue, fragment, minimize, reduce.
decrease
abate, abbreviate, abridge, compact, compress, concentrate, contract, curtail, decrease, decrement, deduct, deflate, deplete, die down, diminish, drain, dwindle, erode, lessen, lower, recede, shrink, subside, truncate.
diminish
bob, clip, condense, crop, cull, downgrade, lighten, nip, pare, prune, shave, shear, taper, trim, weed.
diminish, decrease
abbreviate, abridge, bob, boil down, chop, clip, compress, condense, contract, curtail, cut, cut back, cut down, dock, edit, elide, excerpt, lessen, lop, minimize, reduce, retrench, shrink, slash, snip, trim, put in a nutshell, blue pencil, cut to the bone, make a long story short.
lower
deepen, depress, drop, plunge, submerge.
shorten
belittle.
Examples of usage:
  1. We'll enjoy the fine weather till it's time to shorten sail. – Cy Whittaker's Place by Joseph C. Lincoln
  2. " I should think his appearance will force the brigantine to shorten sail;" returned the Captain. – The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas by James Fenimore Cooper
  3. Berkley's self- assumed duty was to console his companion; a duty which he performed like an old Spanish Matadora, a woman whose business was to attend the sick, and put her elbow into the stomach of the dying to shorten their agony. – Hyperion by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  4. Why shorten life with unnecessary pain and suffering? – An Atheist Manifesto by Joseph Lewis
  5. A still more revolutionary step was taken by throwing open more than half the courses to free election, permitting some students to shorten their time in college, and enabling others to enrich their course with other than the prescribed studies, heretofore compulsory and admitting of almost no variation. – The University of Michigan by Wilfred Shaw

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