North American • informal
- 1Work or activity that is wasteful or pointless but gives the appearance of having value: writing off the cold fusion phenomenon as a boondoggle best buried in literatureMore example sentences
- The program is incorrigible; once a boondoggle, always a boondoggle.
- This has been a boondoggle and a PR sham that pays utilities to build more dirty plants while claiming to be coming clean.
- But in the view of serious energy policy experts, the project bears all the hallmarks of a boondoggle.
- 1.1A public project of questionable merit that typically involves political patronage and graft: they each drew $600,000 in the final months of the great boondoggleMore example sentences
- They are not crazy, these public boondoggle people.
- Their experts and bureaucrats would supposedly do a more professional job of confiscating our money and throwing it down the rat holes of political boondoggles.
- Yet all this saving, much of which goes into government bonds for boondoggle construction projects with a negative net return, is killing their economy.
verb[no object] Back to top
- Waste money or time on unnecessary or questionable projects.More example sentences
- If people were actually aware of how they're being boondoggled, we might get somewhere.
- Now hopelessly swamped in scandal and corruption, high taxes, firearms boondoggle, sponsorship scandal, etc, they are again using bribery as their last resort.
- His official budget even featured a photo of a wind-powered ice sled - an example of the alleged boondoggles he said he would no longer tolerate.
1930s: of unknown origin.
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