boondoggle


boon·dog·gle

noun \ˈbün-ˌdä-gəl, -ˌd-\

: 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
boondoggle intransitive verb
boon·dog·gler \-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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