dead wood


dead wood
 People who are part of an organization but no longer contribute to the firm’s output. Before DOWNSIZING in corporate America, people who were considered dead wood were often PUSHED UPSTAIRS.
 ► “Get rid of dead wood, advises Economic Notes, a monthly newsletter for unions, in a piece on how to revitalize union locals.” (Wall Street Journal, Feb. 20, 1996, p. A1)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • dead-wood — or deadˈ wood noun 1. Pieces of timber laid on the upper side of the keel at either end 2. Useless material or personnel • • • Main Entry: ↑dead …   Useful english dictionary

  • dead wood — dead|wood [ˈdedwud] n [U] 1.) people or things within an organization which are no longer useful or needed 2.) branches of a tree which are no longer alive …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dead|wood — «DEHD WUD», noun. 1. dead branches or trees. 2. Figurative. useless people or things: »The new manager got rid of the deadwood by firing half of the staff. 3. Figurative. a conventional word or phrase that adds nothing to the meaning of a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dead wood — noun uncount people or things that are no longer considered useful or necessary by an organization …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dead wood — ► NOUN ▪ useless or unproductive people or things …   English terms dictionary

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  • dead wood — N UNCOUNT (disapproval) People or things that have been used for a very long time and that are no longer considered to be useful can be referred to as dead wood. ...the idea that historical linguistics is so much dead wood …   English dictionary

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