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plough something in/back

Definition of plough something in/back in English:

1Plough grass or other material into the soil to enrich it: clover was grown to plough in as green manure
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  • Once the work is done, the mulch can be plowed in and grass can be planted.
  • In 1933 alone, $100 million was paid out to cotton farmers to plough their crop back into the ground!
  • Many cereal growers instead of baling straw chopped it up and ploughed it in as prices were poor.
1.1Invest money in a business or reinvest profits in the enterprise producing them: savings made through greater efficiency will be ploughed back into the service
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  • If we fail to raise enough and they can't find a suitable private finance partner, no doubt we'll lose that money too and it will be ploughed in to pay for someone else's hospital.
  • She has been using a sports psychologist and almost all her prize money has been ploughed back into helping her career.
  • Camelot, which has ploughed thousands in lottery profits into the four in which Pinsent and Cracknell will now row, may have stumbled on a bonanza of big-screen proportions.
invest in, put money into, sink money into, lay out money on;
provide capital for, spend money on, fund, back, finance, underwrite, subsidize, support, pay for;
buy into, buy shares in, buy/take a stake in
informal get a piece of, splash out on
See parent entry: plough
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