to cut our losses
basil: you're looking a bit glum. anything wrong?
subash: well, we've just had a big disappointment in our company.
basil: is that to do with the computer software project you've been working on?
subash: yes, it's been costing much more than we planned.
basil: well, that almost always happens with big computer projects.
subash: i know, but we could never get it to work properly. so the boss made a big decision yesterday.