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boondoggle

noun [C] uk   /ˈbuːnˌdɒɡ.l̩/ us    /-ˌdɑː.ɡl̩/ US informal
an unnecessary and expensive piece of work, especially one that is paid for by the public: The senator called the new highways proposal "a fraud and a boondoggle that the taxpayer should not tolerate".
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