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The word ‘jettison’ can be used in a literal or figurative way. Literally, it means to get rid of encumbering weight from a ship or aircraft in order to make it lighter in the case of an emergency. Figuratively, it is used to express getting rid of somebody or something deemed unnecessary or unfeasible in an unceremonious way. It is in this latter sense that it appears most often.
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As a manager, David demands discipline and hard work. He has made it clear that he will jettison anyone he feels is not living up to his standards.
When I heard that the staff were vehemently opposed to the proposal, the idea was quickly jettisoned.
In order to streamline and cut costs, any aspect of the business that has consistently underperformed will be jettisoned.