prime (someone or something) with (something)

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prime (someone or something) with (something)

To prepare someone or something (for some action or activity) by supplying them or it with something. You'll need to prime the lawn mower with three pumps of gasoline before you will be able to start it. He primed me with various pieces of advice and information ahead of my meeting with the prime minister.
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prime something with something

to enable something to start working or functioning with something. Larry primed the pump with a little water, and it began to do its work. We will prime the market for our new product with a free coupon offer.
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