plow back


plowed back; plowing back; plows back

transitive verb

: to reinvest (profits) in a business
plowback noun

Examples of plow back in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In other parts of the world success is rewarded with additional TV revenue and big-money purses for qualifying for continental tournaments, money those teams can plow back into their rosters, assuring the rich continue to get richer. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2024 Their stock prices rise, making money for shareholders while attracting more resources to plow back into the company. J.j. Colao, Fortune, 19 Dec. 2023 Those windfalls, though, are mostly plowed back into football in the form of ballooning staffs, ever more opulent facilities and amenities that service the athletes, who do not share the revenue directly but who take on a greater burden of conference realignment with coast-to-coast travel. Billy Witz, New York Times, 5 Aug. 2023 But one difference is that credit union profits are plowed back into their operations to help lower loan costs and boost deposit interest rates for the benefit of members. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 19 Mar. 2023 Bouton believed teams should be owned by the people, by the fans, with all profits plowed back into the ballpark and the team. Scott Ostler,, 31 May 2020 Then, several weeks ago, while America watched as unsold vegetables were plowed back into the soil and fretted over the earliest outbreaks among midwestern meatpackers, one flour manufacturer quietly saw its sales skyrocket 2,000 percent. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 12 May 2020 That money is plowed back into the city’s tree-planting fund. John D. Harden, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2020 That would give businesses or consumers more money to plow back into the economy. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plow back was in 1912

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Cite this Entry

“Plow back.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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