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cannibalize

[′kan·ə·bə‚līz]
(engineering)
To remove parts from one piece of equipment and use them to replace like, defective parts in a similar piece of equipment in order to keep the latter operational.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

cannibalize

To take out parts or components from one aircraft to service another and make it operational.
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The contraction of the tape market revenue was largely the result of acute competition within the tape storage market where competitively priced tape automation continued to cannibalise dollar spent on branded single drives.
So it's really weird when not only do they cannibalise programmes from the network, but they cannibalise the programmes that they've cannibalised.
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