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boondoggle

noun [C]     /ˈbuːnˌdɒɡl/ US informal
POLITICS an unnecessary and expensive piece of work, especially one paid for by the public: Environmentalists call the road a boondoggle that would carve up one of the largest mountain wildernesses left in the East.
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