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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. One who is 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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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.
However, research in the Alps and in Israel by Visscher and his colleagues shows that fungi proliferated wildly, nourished by dead wood, at the end of the Permian.
It is hoped removing some of the dead wood will encourage a more diverse range of wildlife in the area.
Although informed they must chop some of the dead wood from the squad before continuing their summer spending spree, Liverpool manager Kenny CONTINUED ON PAGE 30
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.
If you are growing them as bushes, prune in winter, cutting out dead wood and any crossing branches and cut back by half any new growth shooting from the main branches.
Leaving dead wood in the garden is beneficial to beetles, hedgehogs and frogs, who will get rid of some of your slugs and snails.
24 Alder Lane, Balsall Common - raise crown by 5 metres, remove dead wood and pruning of five oak trees and four ash trees.
If your first team choices left a lot to be desired, do not despair - now is your chance to drop your dead wood and sign some in-form stars.
We should get rid of the hereditary peers and clear out a lot of the dead wood in there.
These birds are specialised feeders, adapted to extract insects from dead wood and from the ground.
Ten Caledonian pines - aged between 100 and 200 years - were destroyed to increase the amount of dead wood in the forest at a Highland reserve.
He told the Gazette: "I intend standing and it makes me confident we can clear out some dead wood in the council.