Simple Definition of boondoggle
: an expensive and wasteful project usually paid for with public money
Full Definition of boondoggle
1 : a braided cord worn by Boy Scouts as a neckerchief slide, hatband, or ornament
2 : a wasteful or impractical project or activity often involving graft
Examples of boondoggle
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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