- When troubles start, they understandably retrench their consumption and begin to build savings in anticipation of dimmer times to come.
- As profits are squeezed, firms are forced to retrench.
- Many homeowners, through mortgage refinancing and home equity loans, have largely withdrawn their home equity to support high rates of spending and can be expected to retrench.
- Speculation that the company was retrenching part of its activities in Essex, especially at Dunton, has been dismissed as ‘totally incorrect and totally without any foundation’ by a spokesman at Warley.
- At the same time, the Inuit Art Foundation closed its art boutique in downtown Ottawa and retrenched its activities and sales in suburban Nepean.
- There are various reasons, then, why many citizens have supported right-wing parties which seek to retrench the welfare state.
Late 16th century (in the now formal usage): from obsolete French retrencher, variant of retrancher, from re- (expressing reversal) + trancher 'to cut, slice'.
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