burn rate
n. The rate at which a newly-formed company spends cash on startup costs, research and development, and other expenses.

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"The company has about $ 500,000 in the bank, and Gardner has agreed to work for $ 50,000, half his normal salary, to minimize the company's burn rate, now about $ 50,000 a month."
Bloomberg News, "Shares shoot up for maker of gun locks"

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