to reduce the personnel in a company to a point where the work can no longer be carried out effectively or profitably
Downsizing has gone too far and has become dumbsizing.
patterned on ‘downsize’
- Dumb something up
verb phrase To make something simpler and easier; leach out all but the most puerile substance; dumb down: They handed him the script and told him to dumb it up still more (1960s+)
[duhm-struhk] /ˈdʌmˌstrʌk/ adjective 1. temporarily deprived of the power of speech, as by surprise or confusion; dumbfounded. /ˈdʌmˌstrʌk/ adjective 1. temporarily deprived of speech through shock or surprise adj. 1823, from dumb + past participle of strike (v.).
- Dumb terminal
hardware A type of terminal that consists of a keyboard and a display screen that can be used to enter and transmit data to, or display data from, a computer to which it is connected. A dumb terminal, in contrast to an intelligent terminal, has no independent processing capability or auxiliary storage and thus cannot […]
[duhm-wey-ter] /ˈdʌmˌweɪ tər/ noun 1. a small elevator, manually or electrically operated, consisting typically of a box with shelves, used in apartment houses, restaurants, and large private dwellings for moving dishes, food, garbage, etc., between floors. 2. British. /ˈdʌmˌweɪtə/ noun 1. (Brit) 2. a lift for carrying food, rubbish, etc, between floors n. 1749, an […]