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noun
the spending of government funds in commercial enterprises, to stimulate the national economy.
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Origin of pump priming

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40

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British Dictionary definitions for pump priming

pump priming

noun
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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Cultural definitions for pump priming

pump priming

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

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