1Use (a machine) as a source of spare parts for another, similar machine: cannibalizing two broken-down cars might provide spare parts to make one working car figurative high culture should cannibalize mass culture
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- Meanwhile, tanks and other machinery had to be cannibalised to provide spare parts for front-line equipment.
- And the Farnley Flyer, a machine whose chassis was cannibalised from two BMX bikes rescued from a dump by pupils from Farnley Park High School, Leeds, outstripped the field to win by a clear margin.
- More than half the navy was not battle-ready because of cash shortages and many vessels were being cannibalised for spare parts, he said.
1.1(Of a company) reduce the sales of (one of its products) by introducing another similar product.
- They can sell to Canada at close to marginal cost and cannibalize profitable sales in the US; or they can let Canadian generic manufacturers do it for them.
- ‘With the Escape we wanted to attract different customers, but we don't want to cannibalize Explorer sales,’ Takasawa says.
- Many industry insiders are concerned that Budweiser Select, for example, will only cannibalize sales of established brands like Bud Light.
2(Of an animal) eat (an animal of its own kind): female spiders cannibalize courting males
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- When females encounter larvae more than 20 h before their own larvae hatch, they invariably kill these larvae, and some females cannibalize larvae hatching 9-12 h before their own.
- Weekly censuses continued until 10 September 2000, when new wasps were no longer eclosing and gynes (future foundresses) were cannibalizing larvae.
- The golden orb-web spider Nephila plumipes frequently cannibalizes males both before and during copulation.
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- Newspaper companies will begin to ask the proper questions about digital media, instead of simply mumbling about cannibalization and print.
- The extent of internet cannibalisation in classified advertising is as yet unknown.
- Where there used to be insight, there is now only cannibalisation of older, bigger ideas.
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