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retrench
used in Persuasion

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Definition
to pause and then change how something is done — often while reducing the use of resources
  • 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.
    Chapter 2 (20% in)
  • 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?
    Chapter 1 (89% in)
  • 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.
    Chapter 1 (89% in)
  • They must retrench; that did not admit of a doubt.
    Chapter 2 (16% in)
  • She considered it as an act of indispensable duty to clear away the claims of creditors with all the expedition which the most comprehensive retrenchments could secure, and saw no dignity in anything short of it.
    Chapter 2 (34% in)
  • 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.
    Chapter 2 (45% in)

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