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Shrink

A slang term for the losses a retail company suffers from shoplifting. Some companies, such as grocery stores, may build shrink into their earnings estimates.
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The tire shrinker would be opened by a wooden handle fitted into the tool.
A third of Clinton's final plurality came from the would-be government shrinkers. Like the South Carolinians who thought Strom Thurmond's age an impediment yet voted for him anyway, these voters theoretically should have been the challenger's, yet they stuck with the incumbent.
Yet as a good citizen of the applied behavioral community, I also used to join in deriding them as "nerds" and "techies" - while they simultaneously derided us behavioral types as "head shrinkers" and "witch doctors." I don't deride them any more.
The Jivaro of southern Ecuador had been the infamous headhunters and head shrinkers of the Amazon basin.