hostile takeover


: an attempt to buy a company when the people who own the company do not want to sell it

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Recent Examples on the Web Moderna says that some practices at issue, such as staggering terms of its board members, are a defense against a hostile takeover. Daniel Gilbert, Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2023 The fruits of that semi-hostile takeover launched yesterday, and the app is available at no additional cost to Apple Music subscribers. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 31 Mar. 2023 Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch’s (Elizabeth Olsen) hostile takeover of Westview and her resulting psychosis was a result of the trauma of losing her life partner and their (imaginary) twins. Ineye Komonibo,, 22 Feb. 2023 The takeover is a playbook that is all too familiar to residents of my city of Jackson – Mississippi’s majority Black capital city – which has been battling the hostile takeover of aspects of its local governance for years. Derrick Johnson, CNN, 18 Mar. 2023 That agreement came just eight months after Spirit initially agreed to merge with fellow discount airline Frontier, later muddied by JetBlue’s hostile takeover bid launched last May. Derek Saul, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2023 No one wants to imagine their final experience to be a hostile takeover of their life-saving medical device. IEEE Spectrum, 24 May 2022 Even more satisfying is the stretch that comes right after Palm honcho Carl Yankowski (Cary Elwes) threatens a hostile takeover, as Jim scrambles to boost the stock price so that can’t happen. Peter Debruge, Variety, 17 Feb. 2023 See More

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“Hostile takeover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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