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boondoggle

play
noun boon·dog·gle \ˈbün-ˌdä-gəl, -ˌdȯ-\

Simple Definition of boondoggle

  • : an expensive and wasteful project usually paid for with public money

Full Definition of boondoggle

  1. 1 :  a braided cord worn by Boy Scouts as a neckerchief slide, hatband, or ornament

  2. 2 :  a wasteful or impractical project or activity often involving graft

boondoggle intransitive verb
boon·dog·gler play \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of boondoggle

  1. Critics say the dam is a complete boondoggle—over budget, behind schedule, and unnecessary.



Origin of boondoggle

coined by Robert H. Link †1957 American scoutmaster


First Known Use: 1929

Rhymes with boondoggle


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