[ plou-bak ]

  1. a reinvestment of earnings or profits in a business enterprise.

  2. the money thus reinvested.

Origin of plowback

First recorded in 1945–50; noun use of verb phrase plow back

Words Nearby plowback Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Other Idioms and Phrases with plowback


Reinvest earnings or profits in one's business, as in This company plows back half its profits every year. This term transfers the farming practice of turning the soil from top to bottom to financial enterprises. [First half of 1900s]

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