Meaning of “trade sth off” in the English Dictionary

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"trade sth off" in British English

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trade sth off

phrasal verb with trade uk /treɪd/ us /treɪd/ verb

to accept a disadvantage or bad feature in order to have something good:

It may be possible to trade off manpower costs against computer costs.

(Definition of “trade sth off” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"trade sth off" in Business English

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trade sth off

phrasal verb with trade uk /treɪd/ us verb

to accept something bad in order to have something good:

trade sth off for sth They are uneasy with trading off future revenue for easy cash now.

(Definition of “trade sth off” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)