pump priming


Definition of pump priming

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Elizabeth Warren’s Anti-Corporate Fixation," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of pump priming

1933, in the meaning defined above

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15 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Pump priming.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pump%20priming. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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