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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.
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Slang for an undesirable property.

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Bad reviews dampen the party atmosphere, but Vince's entourage, including his agent Ari and friends Eric and Turtle, are determined to make the most of the tinseltown celebrity lifestyle in eight episodes of HBO's incisive and entertaining snapshot of the dog-eat-dog world that is the film business.
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Researchers designed the experiments to measure the survivability and genetic stability of laboratory-engineered strains when thrown into the dog-eat-dog world of natural soil-microbe rivalry.
Beverly Hills Chihuahua is simple yet very sweet, transplanting Chloe from her swanky surroundings to a dog-eat-dog world where only the brave survive by scrounging for scraps.
After appearing in court charged with knife possession, she said: "It's a dog-eat-dog world - the police aren't going to do anything for you.
No problem in that, it's a dog-eat-dog world in business etc etc.
But Daniel Tyler's work experience at one music centre shows it's dog-eat-dog.