Definition of boondoggle in English:

boondoggle

Line breaks: boon|dog¦gle
Pronunciation: /ˈbuːndɒg(ə)l
 
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North American informal

noun

  • An unnecessary, wasteful, or fraudulent project: he characterized the defense program as an unworkable boondoggle
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    • 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.

verb

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  • Spend money or time on unnecessary, wasteful, or fraudulent projects: the only guarantees are higher taxes and bureaucratic boondoggling
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    • 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.

Origin

1930s: of unknown origin.

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