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    Default cut/delete a department

    In a government/at a university/college etc. if a department is redundant, can we use this collocation?:

    -We should cut/delete this department.

    Are there other ways to express the same meaning?

    Thank you. Joe.

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    Default Re: cut/delete a department

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    We should cut/delete this department.

    It's possible that "cut" might be used in certain circumstances, although probably in reference to reducing the department's size by cutting staff numbers, for example.
    I think "close down" or "shut down" would be much more likely for the meaning you intend, while other possibilities include "abolish", discontinue", "scrap" etc.

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    Default Re: cut/delete a department

    Definitely not 'delete'.

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    Default Re: cut/delete a department

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    I think "close down" or "shut down" would be much more likely for the meaning you intend
    In BrE, people also say just close/shut.

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    Default Re: cut/delete a department

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeC View Post
    In a government/at a university/college etc. if a department is redundant, can we use this collocation?:

    -We should cut/delete this department.

    Are there other ways to express the same meaning?

    Thank you. Joe.
    One could also use "eliminate".

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