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(of a company) reduce staff numbers to levels so low that work can no longer be carried out effectively.‘make smart changes—don't dumbsize’
- ‘We have always suspected they wanted to dumbsize it, so that Ma and Pa kettle could buy beans over their TV, but this is the final straw for me.’
- ‘Downsizing is the process of moving from big systems to smaller systems; it's called rightsizing by those who keep their jobs and dumbsizing by those who are suddenly out of work.’
- ‘The necessity of out-sourcing maintenance and repair work has arisen from what has been variously called by some in the industry, downsizing, rightsizing, or sometimes, ‘dumbsizing.’’
- ‘I've been dumbsized.… Now if I can just turn this into a positive (like, now I can look for a job closer to home and not have to commute 2 hours).’
- ‘Tighter economies, higher costs and, therefore, lower profitability in the early years of the new millennium led some companies to what the corporate community now refers to as ‘dumbsizing.’’
1990s humorously, on the pattern of downsize.