dead wood


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A popular term for a person—e.g., a professor, or other tenured academic—who is no longer effective or useful to his/her employing institution, and who cannot be removed from post or payroll—e.g., because of tenure—in order to free the position for a more qualified or innovative person

dead wood

Academia A popular term for a person–eg, a professor, or other tenured academic whose function has been served but who can't be removed from a position or payroll–eg, because of tenure–to free the position for a more qualified, innovative, or often younger person
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While acknowledging the need to cut the dead wood from over-long letters, this clarification of the differences between English and European law is crucial, since those already grappling with the complexities of European geography may find such important distinctions hard to grasp.
They're simply dealing with the dead wood and they don't come much deader or more wooden than these two.
He went straight down like a piece of dead wood and it all happened so quickly.
We need to get rid of dead wood and make this nation's views heard as a forward-looking democracy.
We had a massive clear-out at the end of last year, getting rid of a lot of horses who were very much dead wood and who may have been carrying the virus.
Pruning is done either to shorten the tree so that more fruit is produced at a manageable height or to remove dead wood.
Priceless - he's the future at a time when the Rams must chop dead wood instead.
Crozier, a man of substance, revolutionised the FA by sifting out the dead wood and streamlining committees.
Maples generally need little pruning, other than to remove root suckers and dead wood or branches that cross or grow too low.
Before sheep tromped through the Sierra, low-intensity firest swept across much of the middle-elevation forest every decade or two, cleaning out dead wood.
My January holiday will do me the world of good And give my mind a chance to clear the dead wood.
IT was interesting reading Roy Hodgson's comments about the problem he's got trying to ship out the dead wood in his squad.