shov·​el-ready ˈshə-vəl-ˌre-dē How to pronounce shovel-ready (audio)
of a construction project or site
: ready for the start of work

Examples of shovel-ready in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Elliott’s case, that includes utilizing unspent ARPA funds on shovel-ready projects within his district. John Sharp |, al, 4 Sep. 2023 Those states acted sooner than Oregon and each offered billions of dollars in incentives and hundreds of acres of shovel-ready industrial land. Mike Rogoway |, oregonlive, 25 June 2023 The winning team will receive an award of at least $100,000 and will continue to work on a final design to be shovel-ready by fall of 2025. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2023 Lack of shovel-ready plans and poorly executed funding applications seem to have played a role in the feds’ rejection of the Cape bridges and MassPike requests. Larry Edelman,, 17 Mar. 2023 That’s probably because the initial burst of applications consisted largely of shovel-ready projects that just needed funding, said Bruce Reznik, executive director of L.A. Waterkeeper. Hayley Smithstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1995, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shovel-ready was in 1995

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“Shovel-ready.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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