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pump priming

the spending of government funds in commercial enterprises, to stimulate the national economy.
Origin of pump priming
An Americanism dating back to 1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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pump priming

the act or process of introducing fluid into a pump to improve the sealing of the pump parts on starting and to expel air from it
(US) government expenditure designed to stimulate economic activity in stagnant or depressed areas
another term for deficit financing
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pump priming definition

Informally, government spending to increase purchasing power and stimulate the economy.

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