Meaning of “salami slicing” in the English Dictionary

"salami slicing" in British English

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salami slicingnoun [ U ]

UK disapproving

the activity of gradually reducing something, usually in order to save money, by removing one small amount of it after the other, in a way that is damaging:

He argues that cuts should be achieved by fundamentally re-thinking the role of the state rather than by salami slicing.

(Definition of “salami slicing” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"salami-slicing" in Business English

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salami-slicingnoun [ U ]

uk us

the crime of stealing a large amount of money, by taking it over a period of time in small amounts that are less likely to be noticed:

It was revealed that he had used salami-slicing attacks to steal from the company.

a series of actions to remove or reduce something by small amounts over a period of time, so that people are less likely to notice any changes:

The politicians are already permitting the salami-slicing of the free healthcare principle and no one is protesting.

(Definition of “salami-slicing” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)