poison pill


poison pill
noun
the target company defends itself by making its stock less attractive to an acquirer
Hypernyms: ↑shark repellent, ↑porcupine provision
Hyponyms: ↑suicide pill

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noun, pl ⋯ pills [count]
business : something that a company does to make itself less valuable or appealing in order to avoid being bought by another company
— often used before another noun

a poison pill defense/plan

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ˌpoison ˈpill [poison pill] noun (informal, business)
a form of defence used by a company to prevent, or to reduce the effect of, a takeover bid that they do not want, for example by selling some of their important possessions

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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