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Drip feed

The continual investment of capital in a small and growing company as the company needs it, rather than investing a lump sum at the company's inception.

Drip Feed

1. In venture capital, the practice of making small investments in a start-up as the need for capital arises. That is, a venture capital firm may sponsor a start-up, but a drip feed protects the firm from the risk that a start-up will collapse, resulting in the loss of the whole investment. A drip feed can be useful because it allows the start-up to maintain and expand operations while not forcing too much risk on its sponsor.

2. See: Dollar-cost averaging.
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He survives by drinking water and having nutrients drip-fed through a tube directly into his bloodstream for 12 hours aday.
She said he was being drip-fed after losing 33lb and found it painful to speak.
Those fans have every right to demand he starts competing in the transfer market for worldclass talent and drops the vain belief that a team of kids brought though the ranks and drip-fed on his pure philosophy, are on the verge of conquering the world.
DOCTORS drip-fed neat vodka to a patient for three days to keep him alive after he suffered severe poisoning, it emerged yesterday.
SIR - Many of those who did not originally protest against the invasion of Iraq must feel as sick as the rest of us as we are drip-fed the terrible information depicting the torture of detainees.
True, in England part of the TV money is drip-fed back to grassroots level but, as far as Wales is concerned, there is no compensation for what is an exclusively English TV deal.
She spent months in an incubator being drip-fed while a machine helped her breathe.
What makes this even worse is we are drip-fed this appalling catalogue of errors.
But the 53-year-old ex-Manchester United idol, who collapsed at a top health farm, is expected to remain in hospital for another week while he is drip-fed vital vitamins and minerals.
But when he was drip-fed "my phosphate levels fell dramatically: they knew I was for real then.