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hostile

adjective (COMPANIES)    /ˈhɒs.taɪl/ US  /ˈhɑː.stəl/
relating to situations in which one company wants to buy another company whose owners do not want to sell it: The company convinced investors to reject a hostile bid from Enterprise Oil Plc worth £1.5 billion. a hostile mergerMergers and takeovers
(Definition of hostile adjective (COMPANIES) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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