- the act of retrenching; a cutting down or off, as by the reduction of expenses.
- Fortification. an interior work that cuts off a part of a fortification from the rest, and to which a garrison may retreat.
Origin of retrenchment
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Examples from the Web for retrenchment
The Washington Post, after a difficult four-year retrenchment, has tapped Boston Globe Editor Marty Baron to run the newsroom.New Washington Post Editor Faces 'Tough Choices'
November 13, 2012
The Obama era, so far, is all about repair and retrenchment.Obama: More Nixon Than Carter
September 25, 2010
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the committee chairman, quickly denied that any sort of retrenchment was under way.The Dems' Cold Cash Calculus
Samuel P. Jacobs
September 8, 2010
On some issues, such as Afghanistan, the Retrenchment Republicans sound like the left wing of the Democratic Party.
Republican presidential candidates will have to decide which way to lean, toward muscular foreign policy or retrenchment.
It was characterized as "a policy of which peace, progress and retrenchment were the watchwords."The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
In 1815, "Retrenchment" deprived him of this office, and he was placed on half-pay.
The necessity of retrenchment was felt by families of every rank.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
The cry for 'retrenchment' was joined to the cry for reform.The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)
Reform and Retrenchment were the chief policies of his administration.The Story of Commodore John Barry
- the act of reducing expenditure in order to improve financial stability
- an extra interior fortification to reinforce outer walls
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Word Origin and History for retrenchment
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The cutting away of superfluous tissue.
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