Definition of pump-priming in English:

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[mass noun]
1The introduction of fluid into a pump to prepare it for working.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Example sentences
  • The massive increase in free home safety checks available to local householders is only one part of a ground-breaking new fire prevention strategy which will be pump-primed by a raft of changes to the way we traditionally work.
  • The project has been pump-primed with a £140,000 award from Yorkshire Forward to launch the project and run it for a period.
  • And there was the launch in Business Press of the York Technology Growth scheme with at least £6.25 million available to pump-prime up-and-coming hi - tech ventures in the city over the next two years.


Example sentences
  • 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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