The minnow that was Riverdeep swallowed up one educational publisher after another, feeding an insatiable hunger.
Sooner or later, all that feasting would result in a most undesired weight gain. The HMRiverdeep-Harcourt-Greenwood-etc. buffet left the minnow all bloated and too heavy to move.
Employees of the newly merged firm have been getting the sack, bit by bit, department after department. All that the minnow swallowed cannot be fully digested and therefore has to go.
It hasn't been all back office staff, the extraneous bean counters and clerks and administrative assistants. Now the editorial staff is shedding a few. Three editors from Houghton Mifflin and one from Harcourt are leaving, as if they know that they're in line to be disgorged from the overstuffed HMS Minnow. Or is that supposed to be HMH....or HHM?