Definition of salami slicing in English:

salami slicing


  • [mass noun] The process of gradually reducing the size of something by a series of small incremental steps.

    ‘several years of false economies from the salami slicing of budgets had created an underlying lack of confidence’
    [as modifier] ‘public services were sparely run anyway, so salami-slicing cuts were no longer viable’
    • ‘The case cannot be made if the price to be paid is the kind of salami slicing which meant it not just suffers but is seriously damaged."’
    • ‘But most have been "salami slicing" - changes at the margins rather than changes in business practices.’
    • ‘To get the numbers required, we need to go well beyond our traditional "salami slicing" approach, look across our systems and reengineer and reorganize to meet the future looming before us.’
    • ‘Of 660 original papers screened, 147 were suspect: 20 were blatant cases of dual publication, 50 were nearly identical, and 77 fell into the "salami slicing" category.’
    • ‘Keep in mind - Eric and I would mildly to strongly disagree on where to stop the salami slicing if this were possible.’
    • ‘Christine, Pete and I supported the full day because fringe meetings have been booked and salami-slicing could lead to further cuts, but others argued that there was little new policy to discuss, and delegates needed to leave at midday to get home.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, we must be wary when senior military figures suggest that the army, or any of the other services, should drop one of its roles rather than face further salami slicing.’
    • ‘But the trust told Mr Thompson that he would have to either slash the hours of programming or impose smaller, across-the-board cuts known in the industry as "salami slicing".’
    • ‘The Defence Secretary has said that, instead of "salami-slicing", where pain is shared equally across the department, the cuts must be allocated strategically.’
    • ‘He voiced worries that today's announcement would not be the last "salami slicing" of the post office network.’
    • ‘The Lib Dems said the proposals were the "same old failed approach to defence procurement" of "delays and salami slicing" especially at a time of economic uncertainty.’
    • ‘Back then, he claimed to have one overriding objective: to trim spending without resorting to salami-slicing.’
    • ‘Their grand strategy is, and always has been, salami-slicing.’
    • ‘I don't trust the agenda or the intentions of the groups pushing either, and think they are both pursuing salami-slicing strategies that threaten fundamental liberties.’
    • ‘They may feel that by calling for an end to salami slicing and pressing for a role to be dropped, they will concentrate the public mind.’
    • ‘Doing it in little pieces per transaction might then be akin to the "salami slicing" computer crime technique of stealing extremely small amounts from a large number of items.’
    • ‘India would then have to decide whether to extend this kind of salami-slicing to other sectors or to expand the scale of operations.’
    reduction, cut, decrease, retrenchment, trimming, salami slicing
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