pump priming


: government investment expenditures designed to induce a self-sustaining expansion of economic activity

Examples of pump priming in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fiscal pump priming at those debt levels will further exacerbate price pressures. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 23 May 2022 Comparing this Ohio State team to 2002 and 2014, the larder seems full and the pumps primed. cleveland, 27 Dec. 2019 Indeed, even as the economy has recovered, broader trends such as wage stagnation and cost growth in housing and education have kept the populist pump primed. Samuel Hammond, National Review, 26 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pump priming was in 1933

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“Pump priming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pump%20priming. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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