Meaning of “dead wood” in the English Dictionary

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"dead wood" in American English

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dead woodnoun [ U ]

/ˈded ˌwʊd/

people, esp. employees, who are no longer useful:

When she took over the agency, she streamlined the operation by getting rid of a lot of dead wood.

(Definition of “dead wood” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dead wood" in Business English

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dead woodnoun [ U ]

US usually deadwood uk us

people or things that are no longer useful or effective:

We think that 76% of all retail money is invested in funds which are effectively dead wood.
get rid of/clear out the dead wood If the company is to improve its performance, it needs to take this opportunity to get rid of some of the deadwood.

(Definition of “dead wood” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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