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(of a company) reduce staff numbers to levels so low that work can no longer be carried out effectively.
- ‘We have always suspected they wanted to dumbsize it, so that Ma and Pa kettle could buy beans over their TV, but this is the final straw for me.’
- ‘Downsizing is the process of moving from big systems to smaller systems; it's called rightsizing by those who keep their jobs and dumbsizing by those who are suddenly out of work.’
- ‘Tighter economies, higher costs and, therefore, lower profitability in the early years of the new millennium led some companies to what the corporate community now refers to as ‘dumbsizing.’’
- ‘The necessity of out-sourcing maintenance and repair work has arisen from what has been variously called by some in the industry, downsizing, rightsizing, or sometimes, ‘dumbsizing.’’
- ‘I've been dumbsized.… Now if I can just turn this into a positive (like, now I can look for a job closer to home and not have to commute 2 hours).’
1990s: humorously, on the pattern of downsize.
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