Boondoggle


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Boondoggle

A large, expensive project of no particular use. It especially refers to squandering government or corporate money. The term refers to perceived wasteful recreational activities provided to the unemployed during the New Deal in the United States.
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While cost overruns are a common factor in declaring a project a boondoggle, that does not necessarily mean the project has no benefit.
If our provincialism remains, if the vanity endures, if the boondoggle mentality continues to dominate, then our future looks bleak.
Boondoggle has revolutionised gift giving in Scotland.
On the other hand, he was very specific in his support for what is potentially the greatest boondoggle of them all--missile defense.
s support of British Steel and British Leyland, "the biggest boondoggle of all.
This new venture for OSHA could prove to be a monumental bureaucratic boondoggle that will surely increase the cost of construction without real benefits to the consumer.
A broad coalition of teacher, parent, civic, religious, civil-liberties, and other groups made it clear to most voters that Proposition 174 was a multi-billion-dollar boondoggle that would cost them dearly, wreck public education in the state (already weakened by a tax-cut amendment to the state constitution more than a decade ago), create social fissures along religious and other lines, and violate every citizen's constitutional right not to be taxed to support religious institutions.
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THIS IS ALSO WHY THE MONORAIL IS MY BOONDOGGLE OF CHOICE, AT LEAST IN THEORY (AND IF I'M NOT REMINDED OF THAT "SIMPSONS" EPISODE ITS CRITICS LOVE TO QUOTE).
Last June, CAGW labeled the Capitol Visitor Center a boondoggle in the making.
I have never been able to think about Star Wars without recalling this scene at the launch of the great boondoggle.