top slicing


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top slicing

[′täp ‚slīs·iŋ]
(mining engineering)
A method of stoping in which the ore is extracted by excavating a series of horizontal (sometimes inclined) timbered slices alongside each other, beginning at the top of the ore body and working progressively downward.
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Now it appears the answer to these attacks on Welsh broadcasting is, according to some, that of "robbing Peter to pay Paul" - namely top slicing the BBC licence fee.
Mr Shanahan added: "The reason for top slicing their budgets again is to give them a bit of head room.
If either of these fails an attempt to increase modulation rates above the 10pc absolute maximum penciled-in for 2007 is a certainty ( and the appetite for further top slicing will be even more fierce if the sterling/euro exchange rate conspires against the UK too," said Mr Forster.
Add to this the top slicing from the overall budget of over PS1bn per year for social care for the elderly and you can perhaps see a picture emerging.