deficit spending


: the spending of public funds raised by borrowing rather than by taxation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Luosa said there are a variety of ways to handle a shortfall to avoid deficit spending. Steve Sadin, Chicago Tribune, 15 Sep. 2022 The agency also attributed the upgrade to San Marcos Unified’s financial planning, which included budget cuts to reduce deficit spending. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Sep. 2022 Lawmakers have said this is a matter of national security, which justifies the additional deficit spending. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, 26 July 2022 The budget would reduce deficit spending by $1 trillion over the coming decade, buoyed by the elimination of pandemic assistance programs. Erik Wasson,, 28 Mar. 2022 Those ideas are out of vogue among progressives, who embrace deficit spending and assessments of policy success that put more weight on the risk of underreacting. New York Times, 25 June 2021 The district is already in deficit spending this year and if changes aren't made soon, Hook said there will be large cuts next school year. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 20 Oct. 2022 But the inflation also has more fundamental and roots — the legacy of over a decade in which the federal government engaged in considerable deficit spending that the Fed financed through extremely easy monetary policies. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Levy won the Republican primary last month using her own form of deficit spending — with more than $1 million in expenditures, while raising less than $600,000 in contributions. Mark Pazniokas, Hartford Courant, 15 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deficit spending was in 1938

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“Deficit spending.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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