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The First Minister has written again to David Cameron, urging him to act immediately to assist the recovery by targeting investment in “shovel ready” projects across Scotland.
a start-up … whose value has reached more than one billion US dollars
a form of protest in which workers stop doing their jobs without giving their employers any warning
an afternoon full of crafts
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American definition and synonyms of shovel-ready from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.