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English definition of “trim”

trim

verb [T]     /trɪm/ (-mm-) (also trim back)
to reduce the amount or size of something: The bank will trim 850 workers as part of a cost-cutting program. Several programs were eliminated to trim $600,000 from the company's $6.7 million annual budget. trim costs/debt/growth
trim the fat informal FINANCE to reduce unnecessary spending: The company needs to trim the fat to make itself attractive to corporate investors. The article advises on how to trim the fat from your grocery bill.
(Definition of trim verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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