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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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Alexander Velichko stressed that the work to improve the health of forests should be systemic, which will avoid accumulation of deadwood and dead wood in the future.
This raises the question of why this taxon shows none of the reduction observed in the saproxylic species, despite the fact that it has only been found in dead wood habitats and is deemed to be saproxylic.
In a nutshell, this means heaping rewards on the top 20% of performers in your organisation, giving the next 70% enough to get by while showing them how to reach top 20 status, and firing the bottom 10% on the grounds that they are dead wood.
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.
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.
Contract notice: management plans for the riparian forest and the dead wood of rivers situated on the territory of the metropolis of lyon
A couple of good transfers each window plus ridding themselves of dead wood would be good.
Dead wood is a valuable habitat, supporting a wide range of invertebrates.
Gavin Howarth (right), of Cleckheaton-based HR and employment law specialist Howarths also spoke on the topic Managing out poor performers - Getting rid of dead wood.
In acute cases, the branch is ringed by sunken bark, with dead wood at the centre.
Check branches for any diseased-looking or dead wood and remove.
Plus there's other dead wood at Anfield which needs to be moved on.
I was strong on Arsenal at the off because I thought he must have turned it around after getting rid of so much dead wood.