Shrink

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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.
The other nine top shrinkers are in Eastern Germany (six), Spain (two) and Italy (one).
A third of Clinton's final plurality came from the would-be government shrinkers.