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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.
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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?
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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.
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It has never been more important than it is now for the contracting and acquisition workforce to be well trained and motivated to do their jobs.
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For example, the concept of "Urgent and Compelling"--one we present in our entry-level contracting courses--definitely took on a new meaning in the disaster aftermath scenario, and not just for the obvious reasons.
Now with the increasing emphasis on competitive sourcing of government jobs using performance-based contracting methods that allow only the statement of the outcome or goals to be achieved under the contract, there is an increased potential for violating the prohibition against contracting for personal services.
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This article approaches this viewpoint by examining the post-award management of a single service in one commercial industry and compares it to government contracting practices particularly with an emphasis on legacy cradle-to-grave organizational structures while also exploring the need for a shift in government perspective and change in organizational practices.
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