pump priming

noun

Definition of 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 Comparing this Ohio State team to 2002 and 2014, the larder seems full and the pumps primed. cleveland, "Ohio State is no David heading into college football playoffs: Bill Livingston," 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, "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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“Pump priming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pump%20priming. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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