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In the face of increasing foreign competition, the company had to retrench, refocus, and rebuild based on its core competencies.
  to pause and then change how something is done — often while reducing the use of resources
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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.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • North where the enemy had fled and retrenched and waited for spring to launch the final, finishing assault.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • This is no time to retrench.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged

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  • You’ve retrenched, sir.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • P. for Cork City), the programme of peace, retrenchment and reform of William Ewart Gladstone (M.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • She consulted, and in a degree was influenced by her in marking out the scheme of retrenchment which was at last submitted to Sir Walter.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • I know I cannot live as I have done, but I must retrench where I can, and learn to be a better manager.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • So Mrs. Bute, after the first shock of rage and disappointment, began to accommodate herself as best she could to her altered fortunes and to save and retrench with all her might.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • She had reached a point where abrupt retrenchment was necessary, and the only cheap life was a dull life.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth

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  • Dick dined with Franz and his bride and a small dog with a smell of burning rubber, in their cottage on the edge of the grounds, He felt vaguely oppressed, not by the atmosphere of modest retrenchment, nor by Frau Gregorovius, who might have been prophesied, but by the sudden contracting of horizons to which Franz seemed so reconciled.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • From the day when he had succeeded in earning his living with some approach to certainty, he had stopped, thinking it good to be poor, and retrenching time from his work to give to thought; that is to say, he sometimes passed entire days in meditation, absorbed, engulfed, like a visionary, in the mute voluptuousness of ecstasy and inward radiance.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • We ought to retrench, and not let the city council spend another cent. Uh——Don’t you think that was a grand paper Mrs. Westlake read about Tolstoy?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • YOUR sense of honour and honesty would have led you, I know, when aware of your situation, to attempt all the economy that would appear to you possible: and, perhaps, as long as your frugality retrenched only on your own comfort, you might have been suffered to practice it, but beyond that— and how little could the utmost of your single management do to stop the ruin which had begun before your marriage?
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • …not quite lost; that the merchant I had been consigned to had so honestly managed for me that I had not wanted, and that I hoped, with frugal management, I should make it hold out till more would come, which I expected by the next fleet; that in the meantime I had retrenched my expenses, and whereas I kept a maid last season, now I lived without; and whereas I had a chamber and a dining-room then on the first floor, as he knew, I now had but one room, two pair of stairs, and the like.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • Retrenching expenses.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • He feared that the Retrenchment Committee would cripple the fair for once and for all.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • They must retrench; that did not admit of a doubt.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • The hint was immediately taken up by Mr Shepherd, whose interest was involved in the reality of Sir Walter’s retrenching, and who was perfectly persuaded that nothing would be done without a change of abode.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • ON JULY 31, 1893, after two investigative hearings, the Retrenchment Committee gave its report to the exposition’s Board of Directors.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Stung by this rejection, the three men of the Retrenchment Committee themselves resigned.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • The Retrenchment Committee would not have approved.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • The Retrenchment Committee made it clear that, at least for its three members, the financial success of the fair was as important as its obvious aesthetic success.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • In separate statements, the Retrenchment Committee urged the directors to make the committee permanent and invest it with the power to approve or deny every expenditure at the exposition, no matter how small.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • She was grieved beyond measure to part with Briggs, but her means required that she should practise every retrenchment, and her sorrow was mitigated by the idea that her dear Briggs would be far better provided for by her generous patron than in her humble home.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The bankers were pressuring the exposition’s directors to appoint a Retrenchment Committee empowered not just to seek out ways of reducing the fair’s expenses but to execute whatever cost-saving measures it deemed necessary, including layoffs and the elimination of departments and committees.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • As if things could not get any blacker, on the same day that the coroner’s jury ordered Burnham’s arrest, July 18, the directors of the exposition bowed to bank pressure and voted to establish a Retrenchment Committee with nearly unrestricted powers to cut costs throughout the fair, and appointed three cold-eyed men to staff it.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • …sound of a catastrophe in order that those who profit by it may tremble from it also, to season with fear every step that is taken, to augment the curve of the transition to the point of retarding progress, to dull that aurora, to denounce and retrench the harshness of enthusiasm, to cut all angles and nails, to wad triumph, to muffle up right, to envelop the giant-people in flannel, and to put it to bed very speedily, to impose a diet on that excess of health, to put Hercules on the…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He had given her some hints of it the last spring in town; he had gone so far even as to say, "Can we retrench?
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Loyal to the highest constituted power in the land, actuated by an innate love of rectitude his aims would be the strict maintenance of public order, the repression of many abuses though not of all simultaneously (every measure of reform or retrenchment being a preliminary solution to be contained by fluxion in the final solution), the upholding of the letter of the law (common, statute and law merchant) against all traversers in covin and trespassers acting in contravention of bylaws…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Does it occur to you that there is any one article in which we can retrench?" and Elizabeth, to do her justice, had, in the first ardour of female alarm, set seriously to think what could be done, and had finally proposed these two branches of economy, to cut off some unnecessary charities, and to refrain from new furnishing the drawing-room; to which expedients she afterwards added the happy thought of their taking no present down to Anne, as had been the usual yearly custom.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • The company had to retrench.
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