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- n. The piecemeal removal or scaling back of something (especially political opposition); a gradual attack on an opposing position, group, etc.
Calqued from Hungarian szalámitaktika, coined by Hungarian communist Mátyás Rákosi to describe the method, "cutting them off like slices of salami", by which the Hungarian Communist Party dealt with political opponents under his leadership. (Wiktionary)
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