verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of retrench
Examples from the Web for retrench
Their instinct is to hold their ground rather than retrench, advance rather than retreat, intimidate rather than negotiate.
Dulneſs has few redundancies to retrench, few luxuriancies to prune, and few irregularities to ſmooth.Essays on Various Subjects|Hannah More
They found it impossible to live as they did, and yet impossible to retrench more than they always had.Memoir of Mary L. Ware, Wife of Henry Ware, Jr.|Edward B. Hall
The hypocrisy of going abroad to retrench was not long undiscovered.The Wits and Beaux of Society|Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
If the fancy of Ovid be luxuriant it is his character to be so; and if I retrench it he is no longer Ovid.
But if you give him rope enough he will retrench you out of business.
British Dictionary definitions for retrench
Word Origin for retrench
Word Origin and History for retrench (1 of 2)
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.