Their instinct is to hold their ground rather than retrench, advance rather than retreat, intimidate rather than negotiate.
Charles really wished to retrench his expenses; but Mrs. Germaine's pride was an insuperable obstacle to all his plans of economy.
Pavilliard and I contrive to retrench out of my other expenses.
They found it impossible to live as they did, and yet impossible to retrench more than they always had.
The tendency of communities is to retrench on food, rather than on commodities or embellishments which they ought to go without.
And in the second place, though he frequently rewrote, it seemed impossible for him to retrench and concentrate.
Dr. Tremayne decided to retrench and to keep only one man-servant.
Dulness has few redundancies to retrench, few luxuriancies to prune, and few irregularities to smooth.
Is there anything else you wish to retrench or alter, gentlemen?
Did she mean that they must move into a smaller house, and retrench generally?
1590s, "dig a new trench as a second line of defense," 1590s, probably a back-formation from retrenchment in the military sense. Related: Retrenched; retrenching.