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redundancies

British and Australian English

Meaning: job losses

For example:

  • Their "austerity plan" led to many redundancies in the health and education departments.

  • The redundancies left thousands of families without enough money to live on.

Note: Most often refers to job losses that occur when a government department is told to spend less money or a company decides to increase profits by replacing people with machines and technology or by replacing local workers with cheaper workers in a foreign country.

Variety: This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

My company's planning reduncancies, so I'm worried about

a. having to work

b. losing my job

c. getting a raise

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Contributor: Matt Errey