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prime

1. Maths
a. having no factors except itself or one
b. having no common factors (with)
2. Maths short for prime number
3. Music
a. unison
b. the tonic of a scale
4. Chiefly RC Church the second of the seven canonical hours of the divine office, originally fixed for the first hour of the day, at sunrise
5. the first of eight basic positions from which a parry or attack can be made in fencing

prime

[prīm]
(engineering)
Main or primary, as in prime contractor.
In blasting, to place a detonator in a cartridge or charge of explosive.
To treat wood with a primer or penetrant primer.
To add water to a pump to enable it to begin pumping.
(mathematics)
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Like all pump-priming exercises, one primes the pump, the engine fires and when the engine is going, one does not need to prime the pump again.
It will help prime the pump for the time when the economy finally starts to pick up again, and could well help to head off any repetitions of this summer's events.
For 25 years Republicans have run up big deficits in order to: 1) prime the pump so supplyside tax cuts could work their "magic"; 2) buy votes for their side with spending and tax cuts; 3) force Democrats to adopt Republican balanced-budget fiscal policies whenever Dems captured the presidency or Congress; and 4) perhaps bankrupt the government so that Grover Norquist could drown it in the bathtub.