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English definition of “barrier to exit”

barrier to exit

noun [C] (plural barriers to exit) (also exit barrier)
COMMERCE, ECONOMICS something, such as official rules or high costs, that makes it difficult for a person or company to leave a particular type of business: Capital markets are perfect in that there are no barriers to exit or entry and information is freely available to all.
COMMERCE something that makes it difficult for a customer to stop using a particular product or service, or for someone to leave their job: Most free internet service providers provide few or no barriers to exit for subscribers.
(Definition of barrier to exit noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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