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contract out

To give a job or assignment to an outside entity (so as to avoid doing the job oneself). A noun or pronoun can be used between "contract" and "out" or after "out." We contracted the project out because no one on our staff has the time to scan all of those documents.
See also: contract, out

contract with (someone or something)

To agree with someone or a group to do something. No one on our staff has the time to scan all of those documents, so we'll contract with a company that can do it for us.
See also: contract

put a contract out on (one)

slang To order for one to be assassinated. Usually said in reference to organized crime. The mob put a contract out on the accountant because he had agreed to testify in court. It turns out that he had put a contract out on the owner of the business so that he could gain control of it.
See also: contract, on, out, put

sweetheart contract

1. An industrial agreement made between an employer and local labor union officials containing terms beneficial to the employer without the knowledge of the employees, typically in exchange for money to the union or its leaders. It was later discovered that the union leader had made a sweetheart contract with the company that eliminated employees' right to strike in exchange for a hefty yearly bonus for himself. The automotive manufacturer decided to move its factories to a different country, where it established a sweetheart contract with the local labor union to pay workers substantially less than those previously enjoyed by American employees.
2. Any kind of agreement or contract that is mutually beneficial two the two parties directly involved, typically at the expense of a third party that is not privy to the agreement. It turns out the athletic director had in place a sweetheart contract with the national athletics association, essentially receiving kickbacks every time one of his athletes performed well. The charity has come under fire for what some are calling a sweetheart contract with a for-profit events organizer that receives nearly 40% of the annual donations the charity receives.
See also: contract, sweetheart

contract something out

to make an agreement with someone to do a specific amount of work. (Rather than doing it oneself or in one's own place of business.) I will contract this out and have it done by consultants. I contracted out this kind of job the last time.
See also: contract, out

contract with someone (for something)

 and contract (with someone) for something
to make an agreement with someone to produce or supply something, or to do something. I will have to contract with an expert for that part of the project. We contracted with a local builder for a new kitchen. Did you contract for plumbing work with Eric?
See also: contract

put a contract out on someone

[for an underworld character] to order someone to kill someone else. The mob put out a contract on some crook from Detroit.
See also: contract, on, out, put

contract out

To engage another person or company by contract to undertake some job that is typically considered part of one's business: Many companies contract out administrative tasks in order to concentrate on sales and marketing.
See also: contract, out
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Does asset contractibility matter for the degree of insurance and the time profiles of consumption and savings?
The changes in exercise heart rate may be explained by increased stroke volume and improved contractibility of the heart muscle.
All 15 patients initially treated with BTX achieved a highly statistically significant reduction or improvement in their glabellar frown lines, most particularly in attempts at full muscle contractibility.
Limits to contractibility, for the procurement of resources, because of tacit, idiosyncratic and context-dependent knowledge.
An examination of BE in children with specific language impairment: the role of contractibility and grammatical form class.
Students can see such things as the role of the kidneys in some forms of hypertension, the importance of increased contractibility of the heart when distended, and the importance of venous return in the control of the circulation.
In giving this instruction, the implicit contracts approach makes a significant assumption--that the zone of contractibility is universal and that incomplete contracts always can be completed.
Our first idea is to reverse this process, that is, to certify the contractibility of C before computing its MST.
The contractibility of assets with high client specificity is low.
Urodynamic Simple cystometry for tests detecting detrusor compliance and contractibility, measuring PVR, and determining capacity (A).
Let us first recall the notion of locally geometrical contractibility, LGC([Rho]), relative to a fixed concave function p: [0, R] [approaches][0, [infinity]) with [Rho](0) = 0 and [Rho] [is greater than or equal to] id.
Taylor concluded that "the new law does not promise to give to the note issue the degree of contractibility which has hitherto been considered desirable.
The two polymers are different in thermal contractibility.
Reaction time, contractibility of muscles, lactic acid accumulation, muscle and nerve potentials are a few of these parameters.
Smith had not suffered a heart attack, but he scheduled additional tests, including a MUGA test to measure the heart's contractibility and pumping ability and a stress ECG.