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deadwood

1. Literally, the dead parts of a tree, bush, or plant. Your plant might bloom again if you cut the deadwood out.
2. Those who are ineffective and unproductive. Based on these consistently low numbers, there's a lot of deadwood in that department.
3. In bowling, fallen pins that have yet to be cleared from the lane. It's my turn, as soon as the deadwood gets cleared.

dead wood

If you describe someone or something as dead wood, you mean that they are no longer useful or effective in a particular organization or situation and you want to get rid of them. It is now time for the dead wood at the top of the party to be cut away. The Government's policies were designed to streamline the industry and remove some of the dead wood.
See also: dead, wood

dead wood

people or things that are no longer useful or productive.
2003 Architectural Review Academics cement themselves like limpets to whomever will give them tenure. Australian universities are full of dead wood.
See also: dead, wood

ˌdead ˈwood

(informal) people or things that are no longer useful or necessary: The management wants to cut costs by getting rid of all the dead wood in the factory. Fifty workers are to lose their jobs.
This refers to the parts of a tree or a branch that are dead and no longer produce fruit, etc.
See also: dead, wood

deadwood

n. nonproductive or nonfunctional persons. We’ll have to cut costs by getting rid of the deadwood.
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A large part of this area is covered by old-growth forests characterized by a high amount (more than 1000[m.sup.3]/ha) of high quality and structurally complex dead wood. These forests, presently unique in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere, seem to be one of the best places to study diversity of saproxylic assemblages.
According to the Scotsman, Longmuir was inspired to write Dead Wood by a series of murders in Dundee and the book features a boy who is psychologically damaged after discovering the body of a murder victim.
* shutting down the industry's "weak sisters" is best for our industry associations--such cutting of dead wood removes bad examples from among the membership, poor foundry and management practices from the committees, and outdated thinking from the boards of directors.
They have to get rid of the dead wood on their books, foreclose on deadbeats, and generate whatever cash they can from the sale of assets -- even it's only twenty cents on the dollar.
Anderson stated that CASA was currently undergoing a programme of rewarding people who perform well and 'looking for dead wood' to eradicate any cronyism that has become established in the organisation.
C: The Anvil Lopper ($32.99) is designed for pruning dry or dead wood.
He said he hoped that management would address these issues--as well as retire dead wood and consent to more equitable terms for dancers contracted from outside for the most demanding roles.
Use only small pieces of dead wood found lying on the ground.
So many trees died at the Permian's close that fungi inherited the land for a brief geologic span, feeding on the tremendous amount of dead wood covering the planet.
Pruning properly should give you more flowers, fruits and general vigour, stripping away old, dead wood and diseased branches, allowing sunlight to the centre of plants to rejuvenate them for the season ahead.
"We had to get rid of the dead wood and hangers on."
They cleared trees, sowed wild flower seeds and built wildlife shelters from dead wood and fallen branches.
We need to get rid of the dead wood and bring in five or six quality players.
He was most recently seen clearing dead wood around Linthorpe Cemetery.
NEMANJA VIDIC has decided he is leaving Manchester United and now the rest of the dead wood can be chucked out too.