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In the BCG growth share matrix, the quadrant representing companies, especially subsidies, that require minimal cash injections but have low market shares, and therefore usually operate with little or no profit. These companies usually exist in mature industries with well established but not very profitable markets, products, or brands. Some analysts recommend selling dogs, as they have little potential for growth; however, because they require little capital to operate, they may be useful and may perhaps produce an earnings surprise. See also: Marketing, Portfolio analysis.


Slang for an undesirable property.

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This was Southern Pacific country so we have many of the 250 (or so) photos memorializing SP's great steam classics: Cab Forwards, the beautiful streamlined 4-8-4s and a dog's breakfast of other rail vehicles--horse cars, streetcars, and narrow gauge loggers.
It's a different spin than the typical 'Let's see what you've got' thing, which most shows are, and they kind of become a dog's breakfast.
But what has replaced it, while appearing to be more modern and driver-friendly, is a real dog's breakfast.
Without that massive debt we might have been able to own the Ricoh outright rather than the dog's breakfast ownership we have which has ruined any hope of a life-saving takeover.
The CWB debate has always been a dog's breakfast of ideology, control, freedom, marketing, trade policy and other political scraps.
1 dog one's footsteps 2 put on the dog (wear fur) 3 doggone 4 dog's breakfast 5 play dog in the manger 6 dogsbody 7 dog eared 8 nose around 9 go to the dogs 10 doggy fashion/style 11 dog Latin 12 dogfight 13 lazy person 14 dog collar 15 dogs 16 a hair of the dog that bit one 17 the dog before his master 18 dog end 19 pup tent 20 dog watch 21 dog soldier 22 dog tag 23 doggy work 24 dog leg 25 influenza 26 in the doghouse 27 dog hole 28 (Al Capp's) Dogpatch 29 dog water 30 dog's dick 31 dog's vomit 32 let the dog see the rabbit 33 puppy love 34 bitchy 35 drunk as a fiddler's bitch
It is a dog's breakfast of an essay, so bad that pity for the author competes with irritation at the travesty he has perpetrated.
It was a dog's breakfast of a goal to lose but in general we gave a good account of ourselves against the Bundesliga leaders.
The recent explosion of in-car functions has turned some automotive cockpits into a dog's breakfast of knobs and switches.
So if you have ever asked yourself what the apparent marriage of Modernist architecture and 'Kantian' modern art was all about, you will find no answers here: this is a disciplined book about specific events in art history, marred by some lazy aspects which are no credit to CUP, who have made a dog's breakfast of some German and Russian words, and provided an inadequate index.
In the meantime, a suspected rapist who shouldn't be in the country has been let out on bail to roam around South London as he pleases while the lawyers chew over this dog's breakfast.
interests on the island when he took office, Wood said he ``wound up in a mess less appetizing than a dog's breakfast.