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This page is about the doublespeak term downsize

Meaning: to reduce staff numbers by firing people

For example:

  • Our boss said we were good workers, but they were downsizing so they had to fire us.

  • The school said they had to fire some teachers because budget cuts forced them to downsize.

Quick Quiz:

If your workplace is "downsizing", you might have to

a. use a smaller office

b. accept a pay cut

c. find a new job

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Contributor: Matt Errey