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Meaning of retrenchment

re•trench•ment

Pronunciation: (ri-trench'munt), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of retrenching; a cutting down or off, as by the reduction of expenses.
  2. an interior work that cuts off a part of a fortification from the rest, and to which a garrison may retreat.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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