shovel-ready

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Etymology[edit]

First used by Barack Obama during an interview with Meet the Press on 6 December 2008.

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Adjective[edit]

shovel-ready (comparative more shovel-ready, superlative most shovel-ready)

  1. (US, Canada) Ready for immediate commencement of excavation and construction.
    • 2003, Urban Land Institute, Urban Land‎, volume 62, number 7-12, page 44: 
      LCDC officials emphasize that the need for shovel-ready industrial sites in this case outweighs the goal of preserving prime farmland.
    • 2009, Jennifer Lewington, "Battle brews over ‘shovel ready’ projects," The Globe and Mail (Toronto), Jan 15, p. A12:
      With an eye to the imminent federal budget, Toronto business and civic leaders are set today to name $4.8-billion in "shovel-ready" projects that would stimulate the flagging local economy.
  2. (by extension) Describing a project which is a candidate for economic stimulus spending, the one having a more immediate impact on the economy as opposed to the project requiring a great deal of time that must elapse for architecture, zoning, legal considerations or other factors before labor can be deployed on it.

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