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Retrench   /ritrˈɛntʃ/   Listen
Retrench

verb
(past & past part. retrenched; pres. part. retrenching)
1.
Tighten one's belt; use resources carefully.
2.
Make a reduction, as in one's workforce.



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"Retrench" Quotes from Famous Books



... her;—that tho' the imposition was too gross not to be easily seen through, yet the forms of the courts of judicature could not be dispensed with, and the continual demands made upon him had laid him under such inconveniencies as obliged him even to lessen the number of his servants, and retrench his table:—she added, that he spoke of his dear Natura with the utmost tenderness, and was under a very great concern that the necessity of his affairs would not permit to send him any more such supplies as were requisite for ...
— Life's Progress Through The Passions - Or, The Adventures of Natura • Eliza Fowler Haywood

... manuscript was set in type, Diderot corrected the proof-sheets, saw the revises, and returned each sheet duly marked with his signature for the press. At this point the nefarious operation of Le Breton began. He and his foreman took possession of the sheets, and proceeded to retrench, cut out, and suppress every passage, line, or phrase, that appeared to them to be likely to provoke clamour or the anger of the government. They thus, of their own brute authority, reduced most of the best articles to the condition of fragments mutilated and despoiled ...
— Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2) • John Morley



Words linked to "Retrench" :   conserve, bring down, reduce, economize, cut, economise, cut back, trim down, retrenchment, husband, trim back, trim, cut down



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