North American • informal
- An unnecessary, wasteful, or fraudulent project: he characterized the defense program as an unworkable boondoggleMore 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.
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- Spend money or time on unnecessary, wasteful, or fraudulent projects: the only guarantees are higher taxes and bureaucratic boondogglingMore 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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