spending noun

ADJ. total There has been an increase in total government spending. | high, low | annual, monthly, etc. | defence, education, military, R & D, welfare, etc. | capital | government, local (authority), public, state | private | consumer

VERB + SPENDING boost, increase | cut, cut back (on), reduce

SPENDING + VERB rise | fall

SPENDING + NOUN level | programme, target | cut, limit | money How much spending money are you taking on holiday? | power | spree The boys went on a two-day spending spree with the stolen credit cards.

PREP. ~ on More spending on the National Health Service was promised.

PHRASES a cut/reduction in spending, an increase/a rise in spending > Special page at BUSINESS