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retrench

verb uk   us   /rɪˈtrentʃ/
[I] formal If governments, companies, etc. retrench, they start spending less money, or reducing costs: The company had to retrench because of falling orders. [T] Australian English to remove a worker from their job as a means of reducing costs
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