dead wood Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"dead wood" in British English

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dead woodnoun [U]

uk   us  
people or things that are no ​longeruseful: She ​cleared out the ​deadwood as ​soon as she took over the ​company.
(Definition of dead wood from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dead wood" in American English

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dead woodnoun [U]

 /ˈded ˌwʊd/
people, esp. employees, who are no ​longeruseful: 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 ​retailmoney is ​invested in ​funds which are ​effectivelydead 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)
Translations of “dead wood”
in Chinese (Simplified) 废人,冗员, 废物…
in Chinese (Traditional) 廢人,冗員, 廢物…
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