She had reached a point where abrupt retrenchment was necessary, and the only cheap life was a dull life.
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In the face of increasing foreign competition, the company had to retrench, refocus, and rebuild based on its core competencies.
I heard about biological and chemical weapons; I heard that Saddam had learned his lesson in Desert Storm and was retrenching the Republican Guard around Baghdad, in the hope of making a bloody last stand.