diminishing returns

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di·min·ish·ing returns

(dĭ-mĭn′ĭ-shĭng)
pl.n.
A yield rate that after a certain point fails to increase proportionately to additional outlays of capital or investments of time and labor.

diminishing returns

pl n
1. (Economics) progressively smaller rises in output resulting from the increased application of a variable input, such as labour, to a fixed quantity, as of capital or land
2. (Economics) the increase in the average cost of production that may arise beyond a certain point as a result of increasing the overall scale of production

dimin′ishing returns′


n.
any rate of profit, production, benefits, etc., that beyond a certain point fails to increase proportionately with added investment, effort, or skill.
[1805–15]
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Each gun has a valve with a different internal capacity and different flow characteristics, but there will always be a finite point of diminishing returns.
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The unprecedented step of just shutting down a business has reached the point of diminishing returns and it's time to get back to work," Watson said.