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1. Dead wood, including fallen or standing trees, branches, and stumps.
2. One or more people or things considered as burdensome, superfluous, or serving no useful purpose: Management fired all the deadwood in the department as a cost-saving measure.
3. also dead wood Sports Fallen bowling pins that remain on the alley.
4. Nautical A timber or set of timbers helping to connect the keel of a vessel to the stem or the sternpost.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Forestry) dead trees or branches
2. informal a useless person; encumbrance
3. (Nautical Terms) nautical a filler piece between the keel and the stern of a wooden vessel
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. dead branches or trees.
2. useless or extraneous persons or things.
3. a reinforcing construction located between the keel of a ship and the stem or sternpost.
4. bowling pins knocked down but not cleared from the alley.
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|Noun||1.||deadwood - a branch or a part of a tree that is dead|
branch - a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant
|2.||deadwood - someone or something that is unwanted and unneeded|
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deadwood[ˈdedˌwʊd] N (= person) → persona f inútil; (= people) → gente f inútil; (= things) → cosas fpl inútiles
to get rid of the deadwood (in organization) → eliminar al personal inútil
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