Definition of pump-priming in English:


Syllabification: pump-prim·ing


  • 1The introduction of fluid into a pump to prepare it for working.
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    • When air pressure is negative, air must be evacuated to accomplish pump priming.
    • Using fresh whole blood versus reconstituted blood for pump priming in heart surgery in infants.
  • 2The stimulation of economic activity by investment: [as modifier]: a pump-priming fund
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    • There's concern that he is alienating foreign investors and that his pump-priming will set the economy up for a fall once the stimulus stops.
    • But as soon as they came into office, they inaugurated their notorious schemes of pump-priming, deficit spending and so on.
    • Thailand's Deputy Finance Minister Pisit Leeahtam also pointed to the limits of government pump-priming, claiming sustainable growth has to be private-sector led.



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  • The sponsorship arrangement was a massive help, serving as a pump-primer to get the scheme of the ground.
  • The group has obtained some neighbourhood renewal money as a pump-primer and is confident about an imminent decision on a £200,000 grant from the fund.

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