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cut the deadwood out

1. Literally, to prune the dead parts of a tree, bush, or plant. Your plant might bloom again if you cut the deadwood out.
2. To eliminate or remove one who is ineffective and unproductive. Based on these consistently low numbers, it's time to cut the deadwood out of your department.
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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.

cut the deadwood out

 
1. Lit. to prune away and remove the dead branches from a tree or bush. They cut a lot of the deadwood out to save the tree. You have to cut out the deadwood to make room for new growth.
2. Fig. to remove unproductive persons from employment. This company would be more profitable if management would cut out the deadwood. When we cut the deadwood out, all our departments will run more smoothly.
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deadwood

n. nonproductive or nonfunctional persons. We’ll have to cut costs by getting rid of the deadwood.
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His Al Swearengen character is based on a man who ran the Gem Saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota, during the city's gold-rush days when Calamity Jane was drinking herself under the table and Wild Bill Hickok had a permanent place at the poker table.
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Clad entirely in black - from his cold heart to his muddy boots - Swearengen owns the most successful bar and whorehouse in Deadwood and ruthlessly eliminates any enemies by 'feeding them to the pigs'.
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