green shoots

green shoots

Signs that something has been or is in process of revitalizing. This phrase is often used to reference such changes in the economy. There have been no green shoots yet, so the recession continues.
See also: green, shoot

green shoots

signs of reviving activity.
The metaphor was popularized in Britain by its (over-optimistic) use in 1991 by the chancellor of the exchequer, Norman Lamont, to characterize signs of economic recovery.
See also: green, shoot
References in classic literature ?
She always had a few twigs or green shoots in water--let the winter rage without as it might.
The trees and wayside hedges were just throwing out their first green shoots, and the air was full of the pleasant smell of the moist earth.
And when the dark-winged whirring grasshopper, perched on a green shoot, begins to sing of summer to men -- his food and drink is the dainty dew -- and all day long from dawn pours forth his voice in the deadliest heat, when Sirius scorches the flesh (then the beard grows upon the millet which men sow in summer), when the crude grapes which Dionysus gave to men -- a joy and a sorrow both -- begin to colour, in that season they fought and loud rose the clamour.
After many false starts and underwhleming talk of keeping an invisible recovery going, green shoots are truly starting to appear.
EARTH up early potatoes as soon as green shoots appear.
Keep bird feeders topped up Early potatoes should be earthed up as soon as green shoots appear
This is yet another piece of positive news for the north and ongoing evidence of green shoots appearing in the resources sector, the Premier said.
EARTH up early potatoes soon as green shoots appear.
Sprout The eyes will start to sprout towards the light as strong, green shoots.
The Green Shoots project, already a success in parts of North Wales, has received a PS137,000 grant from Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to extend its reach.
as they never tire of telling her PAGES 04&05 Inside DAY TV GUIDE Win A two-day trip to Coronation Street: The Tour PAGE 16 Books Sue Reid Sexton on Rue End Street PAGE 14 Garden Green shoots of recovery PAGES 12&13 Your new Saturday family.
27 ( ANI ): Researchers have found that old garlic bulbs with bright green shoots have even more heart-healthy antioxidant activity than its fresher counterparts and are therefore goof for heart health.
Sometimes it''s difficult to get acorns to germinate but, to my amazement, all those in the bowl have sprouted, sending out little green shoots.
I think that there are green shoots in the area at last - it has been a long wait but we can see that nationally and locally here in the West Midlands.
Excerpted from the introduction of, Green Shoots Out of Dry Ground: Growing a New Future for the Church in Canada.