Here's the sentence with sputter that I don't understand.
With limited evidence that monetary easing is in fact lifting the real economy, growth risks falling off a cliff when government outlays sputter.
The meanings I can found in dictionaries for sputter is either to spit or to utter hastily.
From the translation attached to the sentence, it seems to mean that - the economic growth will start to fall once the government decreases its spending.
So perhaps my question should be what does "when government outlays sputter" means?
Thank you all.