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highly gearedadjective

uk   us   UK ( US highly leveraged) FINANCE
used to describe a ​company that has a large ​amount of ​debt compared to its sharecapital, (= ​money in ​shares) or the ​structure of such a company's ​capital: Companies with high ​debts are '​highly geared', and face ​financial difficulties if their ​profitsfall or ​interestratesrise. The company's ​board said it would not ​support the highlyleveragedcapitalstructure of the ​proposedbuyoutoffer.
used to describe a ​person who has ​borrowed a large ​amount of ​money compared to their ​income or the ​amount of ​capital they already have: US homes are about as ​stronglyrated as UK ones but the US ​consumer is ​even more ​highly geared than the UK one.
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