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war chest

Colloquial phrase for reserve funds set aside by companies for unexpected developments or for opportunistic advantages

Etymology:

  • From medieval military terminology, referring to one’s personal cache of weapons and armor kept in the home (in a chest), ready for use if conflict were to break out.
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A considerable war chest can be considered a poor allocation of capital nonetheless many organizations maintain them.

Submitted by JokerGem on April 26, 2024

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