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deadwood

dead·wood

deadwood

 
pronunciation:
ded wUd
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Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
definition 1: on a tree, branches or sections of trunk that are dead.
We should trim the deadwood on that tree.
definition 2: unproductive persons or burdensome things that hinder the smooth function or progress of an enterprise.
The new manager's first task was to get rid of the deadwood among the workers.
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