needed to 'scald back' [scale]

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  • This is a conversation about an old job.
    It goes like this:

    -You said you worked for my husband?-
    -Oh, a long time ago. I don’t think he remembers me.-
    -Oh, I think he remembers you.-
    - Wow! Well he let a bunch of us go out at once, ‘cause… You know, he needed to scald back.

    I'm not really sure if thats what this persons says, I can't understand it, but in the subtitles in spanish it says " he needed to go back"

    Thank you!



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    English - Australian
    It is a long shot but I think it can only be 'scale back'. Eg. He had let a lot of workers go (dismissed them) ... because he needed to scale back. That means he needed to reduce his work force sometime in the past.
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