backlog


backlog
Unfilled orders for goods or services. Orders for goods or services that the company has not yet delivered or rendered to its customers. American Banker Glossary

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backlog back‧log [ˈbæklɒg ǁ -lɒːg, -lɑːg] noun [countable usually singular]
an amount of work that should already have been completed:

• The company has a backlog of 165 orders for the helicopter.

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   Orders for goods or services that have not yet been fulfilled. They can be measured in cash terms, or by the number of days of normal production it would take to clear them. The level of backlogs is an important indicator of whether an economy is growing or not. Falling backlogs may be a sign that new orders are dropping and the old ones are being fulfilled, and that producers are less willing to hold large stocks or inventories.

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backlog UK US /ˈbæklɒg/ noun [C, usually singular]
a large number of things you have to do or deal with that has increased over a period of time: »

She has a three-week backlog of work.

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a backlog of orders

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a growing/huge backlog

catch up on/deal with/clear a backlog »

I need to catch up on my backlog of emails before I can start work.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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