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.
Definition of dead wood in:
- The US English dictionary