- to replace or rearrange the tools and machinery of (a factory).
- to reorganize or rearrange, usually for the purpose of updating: to retool the industrial organization.
- to replace or rearrange the tools of a factory.
- to replace the stamping machinery of a factory, especially to make a remodeled product.
Origin of retool
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Examples from the Web for retooling
There certainly could be a bit of retooling in the Williams camp again.Why Serena Williams Lost—and How She Can Win Again
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Winning elections and being a viable national party requires recognition of this reality and retooling our party.It's Still Not 1980 Anymore
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This is the time for defensive play, for rethinking, rebuilding and retooling.2013: Not the Year for a Budget Showdown
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This was the day Romney was retooling his campaign, remember?Michael Tomasky: Mitt Tells Voters in Video to Drop Dead
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"None that wouldn't take a retooling of the converter," Toolls said.Vital Ingredient
Charles V. De Vet
- to replace, re-equip, or rearrange the tools in (a factory, etc)
- mainly US and Canadian to revise or reorganize
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Word Origin and History for retooling
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