Definition of shovel-ready adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

shovel-ready

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˌʃʌvl ˈredi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌʃʌvl ˈredi//
 
 
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(of a construction project) at the stage where workers can be employed and building begun The pipeline is a $7 billion, shovel-ready project. This infrastructure project is shovel-ready.