plow back


Definition of plow back

transitive verb

: to reinvest (profits) in a business

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

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As at a mutual insurance company or a consumer cooperative, any surplus would be plowed back into the business, lowering costs and raising net returns for its owners: Vanguard’s investors. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "What Drove Jack Bogle to Upend Investing," 18 Jan. 2019 The target of revenue, and not profit, was chosen because in many years Amazon reports no profits, plowing back all its money into the company. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "After losing fight to levy 'Amazon tax,' Seattle is back to square one on helping homeless," 17 June 2018 The money from them, as per state law, must be plowed back into safety improvements, such as through infrastructure changes or additional policing. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Lawsuit shows how traffic tickets and other municipal fines may skew justice," 5 June 2018 The repatriation tax on foreign earnings is levied at a discounted rate — 15.5% for offshore earnings held as cash and 8% for earnings that have been plowed back into investments in plants, equipment and such. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A.O. Smith's sales rise, but tax reform drags down earnings," 30 Jan. 2018 Profits are plowed back into the overall endowment. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "University of Michigan pours billions into funds run by contributors’ firms," 12 Jan. 2018 The prize would be millions in public money — to plow back into remaking this old coal city for Germany's greener future. Valerie Hamilton, USA TODAY, "In Germany, miners and others prepare for a soft exit from hard coal," 13 Dec. 2017 Bollhoefer said the savings likely will be plowed back into Winter Garden’s solid waste fund for new trucks and to maintain its refuse-collection operations. Stephen Hudak,, "Trump orders feds to pay more to help Florida cities, counties pay for Hurricane Irma debris," 4 Oct. 2017 And besides, in the unlikely event big savings do materialize, the money should really be plowed back into boosting the EITC and CTC for those who qualify. Reihan Salam, Slate Magazine, "The Trump administration’s proposed Medicaid cuts are never going to happen. So why are they in the budget?," 25 May 2017

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First Known Use of plow back

1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of plow back was in 1912

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