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 in a Sentence
She's determined to get the deadwood out of the company.
a healthy tree with no deadwood
Recent Examples of deadwood from the Web
Deadwood, for all its critical acclaim, was cancelled abruptly, and Milch’s subsequent HBO shows—
By then, the current deadwood will have dropped off the Yankees’ $216 million payroll.
LPs up in arms, the widespread firing of unproductive VCs, the wholesale burning of every last scrap of startup deadwood –
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First Known Use of deadwood
Definition of Deadwood
city in the Black Hills of western South Dakota that was settled circa 1876 following the discovery of gold nearby population 1270
DEADWOOD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deadwood for English Language Learners
: people or things that are not useful or helpful in achieving a goal
: dead wood on a tree
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