trim the fat (to)

trim the fat (to)
 Reduce excess employees or costs; budget cutting.
 ► “Companies are being forced to reevaluate their organization, consolidate, and trim the fat.” (Business Mexico, March 1995, p. 46)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • trim the fat — INFORMAL ► FINANCE to reduce unnecessary spending: »The company needs to trim the fat to make itself attractive to corporate investors. »The article advises on how to trim the fat from your grocery bill. Main Entry: ↑trim …   Financial and business terms

  • trim — [trɪm] verb trimmed PTandPPX trimming PRESPARTX [transitive] to remove parts of a plan, set of activities, company etc in order to reduce its costs: • We need to trim the Defence budget by another £500m. • The company is to trim its workforce (=… …   Financial and business terms

  • trim — I n. good condition condition 1) fighting trim (in fighting trim) 2) in trim (to be in trim) ornamental metalwork on a car 3) chrome trim (he scratched my chrome trim) II v. (d; tr.) to trim from (to trim the fat from the budget) * * * [trɪm] [… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • trim away — or trim off PHRASAL VERB If you trim away or trim off parts of something, you cut them off, because they are not needed. [V P n (not pron)] Neatly trim away old flowers on shrubs... [V n P n] Trim the fat off the ham …   English dictionary

  • trim — 01. I don t want you to cut my hair; I just want it [trimmed] a bit. 02. She has a [trim] figure despite the fact that she s the mother of three children. 03. The dog s fur needs a [trim] because it s covering his eyes. 04. We need to [trim] back …   Grammatical examples in English

  • fat */*/ — I UK [fæt] / US adjective Word forms fat : adjective fat comparative fatter superlative fattest Other ways of saying fat: plump slightly fat in a way that looks quite nice: a plump friendly looking man in his forties chubby used especially for… …   English dictionary

  • fat — fat1 [ fæt ] adjective ** 1. ) a person or animal that is fat has too much flesh on their body and weighs too much: He s got a rather fat face. get fat: She can eat whatever she likes and she never gets fat. 2. ) a fat object is thicker than… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fat — I. adjective (fatter; fattest) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fǣtt, past participle of fǣtan to cram; akin to Old High German feizit fat Date: before 12th century 1. notable for having an unusual amount of fat: a. plump b. obese c …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fat — 1. noun /fæt/ a) A large open vessel for water, wine, or other liquids; a cistern. We need to trim the fat in this company b) A specialized animal tissue with a high oil content, used for long term storage of energy. In 1431 New College purchases …   Wiktionary

  • The Big Texan Steak Ranch — is a steakhouse restaurant and motel located in Amarillo, Texas, United States which opened on the previous U.S. Route 66 in the 4500 block of East Amarillo Boulevard in 1960 and moved to its present location on Interstate 40 in 1970. Fire gutted …   Wikipedia

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