Meaning of “boondoggle” in the English Dictionary

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"boondoggle" in British English

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boondogglenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbuːnˌdɒɡ.əl/ us /ˈbuːnˌdɑː.ɡəl/ US informal

(Definition of “boondoggle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"boondoggle" in American English

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boondogglenoun [ C ]

us /ˈbunˌdɑɡ·əl, -ˌdɔ·ɡəl/

an expensive program that is a waste of money, esp. one using public money:

Voters say they are fed up with such boondoggles.

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"boondoggle" in Business English

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boondogglenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbuːnˌdɒɡl/ us 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.

(Definition of “boondoggle” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)