plow back

plowed back; plowing back; plows back

Definition of plow back

transitive verb

: to reinvest (profits) in a business

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Other Words from plow back

plowback \ ˈplau̇-​ˌbak How to pronounce plowback (audio) \ noun

Examples of plow back in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "A’s ownership executes the difficult Reverse Grinch," 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, "The Pandemic Has Reminded Americans They Are Capable of Baking," 12 May 2020 That money is plowed back into the city’s tree-planting fund. John D. Harden, Washington Post, "D.C. is planting nearly 100 trees a day to reach a canopy target. It’s running out of space.," 27 Mar. 2020 That would give businesses or consumers more money to plow back into the economy. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foxconn likely will be a drag on Wisconsin economy, market-oriented researchers suggest," 27 Nov. 2019 But Pelosi would go much further, authorizing Medicare to negotiate drug prices and plowing back the savings to provide seniors with new dental, hearing and vision coverage. CBS News, "Trump administration takes step forward on Canada prescription drug import proposal," 18 Dec. 2019 Any profit could be plowed back into the organization to be given to other companies. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "JobsOhio pushing boundaries by looking to be a part-owner of companies it supports," 20 Nov. 2019 Since 2000, Lin said, almost all corporate profits have been plowed back into the stock market, rewarding investors with buybacks and dividends. Michelle R. Smith,, "Why many employees feel devalued even in booming job market," 12 Aug. 2019 Over the past several years, the main driver was huge gains, often 20% or more, on profits plowed back into the business. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Corporate Earnings are Flatlining—and That’s Terrible News for the Stock Market," 31 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of plow back

1912, in the meaning defined above

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“Plow back.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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