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profit sharing

the sharing of profits, as between employer and employee, especially in such a way that the employee receives, in addition to wages, a share in the profits of the business.
Origin of profit sharing
First recorded in 1880-85
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profitsharing, adjective Unabridged
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  • Distribution: system of property, transmission, contracts, profit-sharing.

  • I don't understand about profit-sharing; I have no head for that sort of thing.

    The Devil's Pool George Sand
  • profit-sharing is a contract made in advance, not a free gift.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • Describe any case of profit-sharing you may have seen in operation.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • There was an end of his profit-sharing, and all the recriminations which were involved in it.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • When he slept he dreamed of his system of profit-sharing, and then it was a fact.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • My dear boy, this is no time for experimentation in profit-sharing schemes, if that is what you are after.

    To Him That Hath Ralph Connor
  • I read of co-operation, and to me it is truer than profit-sharing.

    Prisoners of Poverty Helen Campbell
  • Co-operation and profit-sharing are not the only means by which this might be realized.

  • Even under a profit-sharing system they are parts in a close concert.

    The Holy Earth L. H. Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for profit-sharing


a system in which a portion of the net profit of a business is distributed to its employees, usually in proportion to their wages or their length of service
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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profit-sharing in Culture

profit sharing definition

Distributing the profits, or part of the profits, of a business to its employees.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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