green shoots

green shoots

Signs that something has been or is in the process of revitalizing. The phrase is often used to refer to such changes in the economy. "Shoots" refers to the sprouts of plants growing in soil. 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.
GREEN shoots were difficult to spot as Ireland's got their women's European Championship campaign off to an underwhelming start against Montenegro.
North West Leicestershire District Council's Green Shoots scheme has now reopened for groups to apply for funding to be spent on the bulbs of a variety of flowers.
While the OEM sector is on the uptick, particularly on the automotive side, the steel industry is also showing green shoots. 'It is important that we supply cost-effective solutions that reduce downtime and increase productivity,' Rudolph stresses.
Boss Steve Rowe said there were "green shoots" of a turnaround, but added that performance was not consistent and had been hit by its store closure programme and wideranging revamp plan.
We are seeing some green shoots of change with the growth in sustainable energy.
Summary: Both statistical and anecdotal evidence points to the fact that the green shoots of growth are becoming evident across various sectors of the economy.
| EARTH up early potatoes as soon as green shoots appear.
down Earth up your earlies if you see green shoots Use a wigwam for climbers, like these sweet peas
Marjory Davis, via email AIF you can't wait another month to see if any fresh green shoots emerge, then try the fingernail test.
"It's the first green shoots, tentative steps, but it's positive against some negative stories around the North Sea.
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.