from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A cutback in employee wages or benefits conceded by a labor union in acknowledgment of unfavorable economic conditions or in exchange for other benefits.
  • n. Something that is rebated or returned.

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  • n. A rebate.
  • n. A reduction in pay or conditions as a result of unfavourable economic conditions.


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  • The $80 billion "giveback" deal is a drop in the ocean for drug companies.

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  • Rookie wage cap, blood testing, benefit cuts, a nearly 20 percent "giveback" and a work stoppage were prominent in a recent communication that NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith sent to player representatives in describing a bleak labor negotiation picture.

  • This is the second year for the "giveback" performances, which recognize community support of the home.

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  • But do so, mind you, without interfering with anyone's shot at achieving the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" version of The American Dream; while still allowing people and companies who are already rich to keep getting richer and richer; but while also asking that in exchange for all the top-tier salaries, profits, dividends, and interest income they take out of our economy, there be a mandatory, no-loopholes-allowed "giveback" requirement -- in the form of high taxes that may sting a bit, but which will allow them to remain quite rich -- while helping reduce the deficit without taking a heavy toll on the poor and the middle class

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  • Management is requesting some kind of giveback or pay modification, and unions are resisting, "he said.


  • "It's a little bit of giveback after last week's big rally," said Tom Bentz , the director of BNP Paribas Prime Brokerage Inc.

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  • Perhaps it's a website programming error, or perhaps it's a customer giveback for the 3 million USD sales thanks to Twitter not long ago.

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  • It's another thing to get a massive giveback with NBA players ready to go from 57 percent to 51 percent of basketball-related income, then go to war for the last 1 percent.

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  • Jim Quinn , a lead negotiator for the union, said the owners' proposal would have rolled back player pay to 2007 levels and amounted to a giveback of up to $8 billion over the course of the proposed 10-year deal.

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  • Instead of asking the fortunate few, why doesn't Ted asked the gifted masses of state employees to do a little giveback?

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