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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Early French retrencher, from Old French trenchier 'to cut'

retrench

verb
     
re‧trench [intransitive] formal
if a government or organization retrenches, it spends less money [= economize]
retrenchment noun [uncountable and countable]
a government policy of retrenchment

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