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plow (something) back (into something)
To reinvest financial gains back into a business or industry. (Usually spelled "plough" in British English.) Even if you're company is thriving, it could still go bankrupt if you don't plow those profits back into the business. Many traders have been plowing part of their enormous earnings back into the tech market, as shares in the biggest companies continue to skyrocket.
To reinvest financial gains back into a business. Traders have been plowing back into the tech market, as shares in the biggest companies continue to skyrocket. The company, though very successful on paper, is on the brink of bankruptcy, because the CEOs have been lining their pockets with all of its profits instead of plowing back into it.
Reinvest earnings or profits in one's business, as in This company plows back half its profits every year. This term transfers the farming practice of turning the soil from top to bottom to financial enterprises. [First half of 1900s]
To reinvest some earnings or profits in one's business: After plowing back its profits for years, the company finally decided to pay dividends to its investors. The owners plowed the profits back into the business, using the money to buy new equipment.