Definition of stop-go in English:



  • 1Alternately stopping and starting.

    ‘stop-go driving’
    • ‘And then it's the traditional stop-go traffic jam, as the person at the head of the slip spends a few minutes rinsing down their boat before moving on.’
    • ‘I don't know why I might have expected it to be heavier, but the car is commendably easy to drive even in stop-go traffic where an automatic might have been more appropriate.’
    • ‘A Warrenpoint man has condemned as ‘madness’ a decision to switch traffic management from free-flowing roundabouts to stop-go traffic lights in Newry city.’
    • ‘But in cities, emissions from stop-go traffic can be very different.’
    • ‘The play's inherent contradictions are also not helped by the author's stop-go direction.’
    • ‘So far, there is no news on a proper automatic transmission, ideal for heavy-city traffic, as the selespeed can be too jerky in stop-go traffic.’
    • ‘A stop-go commitment to the strategic resourcing of our educational provision is the worst possible option.’
    • ‘This is the familiar stop-go traffic wave; where traffic stops dead for something like five seconds, then takes off again.’
    1. 1.1British Relating to the alternate restriction and stimulation of economic demand by a government.
      ‘stop-go policies’
      • ‘Even the Chancellor is now pinning the blame for Britain's stop-go macroeconomic problems of the past on the foibles of Britain's property market.’
      • ‘What we had to do was to get us out of the stop-go, boom-bust cycle that had dominated our economy for 40 or 50 years.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, the economy moved in a stop-go fashion, and households felt uncertain about their future in the jobless recovery.’
      • ‘And no longer the stop-go economy, Britain is now enjoying the longest period of sustained economic growth for 200 years.’
      • ‘Furthermore, because of the lag between identifying a downturn and taking action, often the fiscal boost arrived just as the economy was turning up, thus exacerbating the stop-go cycle rather than stabilising output.’
      • ‘‘Most stop-go problems that Britain has suffered in the last 50 years have been led or influenced by the housing market,’ he said.’
      • ‘In order to put the brakes on the stop-go housing cycle, it has been looking into ways to encourage mortgage borrowers to borrow on long-term fixed rates.’
      • ‘But the time for dithering and half-hearted stop-go reflation is over, particularly given the perilous state of a global economy that still shows no sign of imminent recovery.’
      • ‘Too often in the past, the stop-go nature of budgetary arithmetic has postponed necessary public investment.’
      • ‘Still, the bank has done much to move the economy from stop-go to steady cruising speed.’
      • ‘This is despite the fact that most of the things they have asked of government in the past have now been delivered: low inflation, fiscal prudence and an end to stop-go policies.’
      • ‘Because high inflation bred instability - leading to stop-go policies of easy and tight credit - its demise implies fewer and milder recessions.’
      • ‘Has anybody been asked to account for these stop-go policies in relation to investment in residential accommodation?’
      • ‘We have an economy built on stability and not stop-go, and there is an opportunity for investment in public services.’