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salami slicingnoun [U]

UK disapproving
the ​activity of ​graduallyreducing something, usually in ​order to ​savemoney, by ​removing one ​smallamount 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 ​staterather than by ​salamislicing.
(Definition of salami slicing from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 ​smallamounts 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 ​smallamounts 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 ​freehealthcareprinciple and no one is ​protesting.
(Definition of salami-slicing from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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