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cost-cutting Line breaks: cost-cutting
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒstkʌtɪŋ/

Definition of cost-cutting in English:


[mass noun]
The reduction of costs, especially in a business: the company would take a hard look at a new round of cost-cutting [as modifier]: the most extensive cost-cutting exercise in Canadian history
More example sentences
  • The danger is not so much the hit to consumers but a new round of corporate caution and cost-cutting.
  • It has no plans to suspend the granting of stock options as part of its cost-cutting programme.
  • Quality and service should not suffer in any way due to this cost-cutting exercise.


Example sentences
  • Over time, of course, diligent cost-cutters can make city services cheaper to deliver.
  • E-mail holds great promise, both as a cost-cutter and a revenue-generator, but it's just one part of an increasingly complex company-customer relationship.
  • In 1992, he became chief operating officer and metamorphosed into a tough cost-cutter.
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