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 the fat — Gen Mgt to lay off unnecessary staff in an organization during a time of economic difficulty (slang) …   The ultimate business dictionary

  • 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

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