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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of cannibalise.

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Examples

  • Where there was mechanical failure the parts were "cannibalised" from wrecks, and this same policy was adopted toward the trucks.

    Barbarossa

  • Meanwhile shortages of helicopter spares has meant that aircraft both in theatre and back in the UK have had to be "cannibalised" for parts - while British troops had been left to rely on contracted or other coalition helicopters.

    WalesOnline - Home

  • At one point Cook was asked if he didn't worry that computer sales were being cannibalised by tablet sales.

    Here come the tablets... and there go the netbooks

  • It's rare that we have the opportunity to see sporting events outside the prism of our own fan narrative, to realise that the stories around which we base our identities have been moulded and cannibalised by our personal experience of winning or losing.

    Why two new sports documentaries have messed with my mind | Emma John

  • Despite years of delays and soaring costs, Typhoon fighters – the RAF's latest fast jet – are suffering from a shortage of spares, with planes being cannibalised and pilots grounded, according to a Commons investigation.

    RAF Typhoon jets draw MPs' flak over £20bn price tag

  • The young English artist Tessa Farmer has found a clearing in the quarry and filled it with macabre sculptures: a squirrel whose tail has turned into a cobweb trapping moths and iridescent beetles, skeletal fairies cannibalised from dead insects, butterflies and bees suspended from silk threads in a fluttering danse macabre.

    Extraordinary Measures

  • Our early assessment based on these miserable data is that the homebuyer tax credit merely cannibalised sales in the coming months, and did not succeed in jump-starting a lasting recovery of the housing market.

    Poor US jobs and manufacturing figures push markets lower

  • The 30 April deadline brought forward sales activity and clearly cannibalised housing demand in the summer months.

    Poor US housing and corporate figures send Wall Street lower

  • I always keep everything in case an idea might be worth pitching again the following year or cannibalised and used in something else.

    Archive 2010-04-01

  • Even as they cannibalised parts from the second, almost complete and practically identical, sister ship the idea of a complete switch must have occurred.

    And There Was a Second Iceberg on the Grassy Knoll

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