deadwood

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

dead·wood

noun \-ˌwd\

: people or things that are not useful or helpful in achieving a goal

: dead wood on a tree

Full Definition of DEADWOOD

1
:  wood dead on the tree
2
:  useless personnel or material
3
:  solid timbers built in at the extreme bow and stern of a ship when too narrow to permit framing
4
:  bowling pins that have been knocked down but remain on the alley

Examples of DEADWOOD

  1. She's determined to get the deadwood out of the company.
  2. a healthy tree with no deadwood

First Known Use of DEADWOOD

15th century

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