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salami slicing Line breaks: sa¦lami sli¦cing

Definition of salami slicing in English:


[mass noun] British informal
The process of gradually reducing the size of something by a series of small incremental steps: several years of false economies from the salami slicing of budgets had created an underlying lack of confidence [as modifier]: public services were sparely run anyway, so salami-slicing cuts were no longer viable
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  • He voiced worries that today's announcement would not be the last "salami slicing" of the post office network.
  • But most have been "salami slicing" - changes at the margins rather than changes in business practices.
  • Keep in mind - Eric and I would mildly to strongly disagree on where to stop the salami slicing if this were possible.


Example sentences
  • At the moment, his premiership is in danger of being salami-sliced to death.
  • Every project that costs anything at all is either cut entirely or salami-sliced, with obvious implications for operational effectiveness.
  • The road is salami-sliced into slivers, separated by paramilitary police observation posts at intervals of as little as fifty metres.
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