Definition of dead wood in English:

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dead wood



[mass noun]
1Parts of a tree or branch which are dead.
Example sentences
  • Remove weak and crossing branches and dead wood.
  • Prune any dead wood evident on trees, but avoid trimming spring-flowering shrubs.
  • Prune plants to regulate size, renew growth, develop plant form and orient branches and remove dead wood.
1.1People or things that are no longer useful or productive: a lot of the company’s dead wood was removed by voluntary redundancy
More example sentences
  • Andrew Runciman confided: ‘There's a lot of dead wood in the public sector that needs sorting out.’
  • Mostly this process will clear away a lot of dead wood, discrediting a crowd of mediocre directors and actors that no one will care about in two years' time.
  • The Legislature wanted the committee to remove dead wood provisions from the Maryland Constitution.
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