(comparative more shovel-ready, superlative most shovel-ready)
- (US, Canada) Ready for immediate commencement of excavation and construction.
- (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.
First used by Barack Obama during an interview with Meet the Press on 6 December 2008.
(comparative more shovel ready, superlative most shovel ready)
- Alternative spelling of shovel-ready.