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Definition to pause and then change how something is done — often while reducing the use of resources
  • In the face of increasing foreign competition, the company had to retrench, refocus, and rebuild based on its core competencies.
retrench = to pause and then change how something is done — often while reducing the use of resources
  • 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
  • retrenching = pausing to change how something is done — often while reducing the use of resources
  • The company had to retrench.
  • This is no time to retrench.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He feared that the Retrenchment Committee would cripple the fair for once and for all.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • You've retrenched, sir.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • North where the enemy had fled and retrenched and waited for spring to launch the final, finishing assault.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Retrenching expenses.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Retrenchment Committee would not have approved.
    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
  • 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

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