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pork barrelnoun [U]

 us   /pɔrk ˈbær·əl/ (also pork,  /pɔrk/ )
the ​spending of ​federal or ​stategovernmentmoney for ​localimprovements to ​help a ​politicianwinpopularity with ​localvoters: pork-barrel ​politics
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pork barrelnoun [U]

uk   us   US informal
POLITICS spending by politicians of large ​amounts of ​governmentmoney on ​projects in the ​areas they depend on for being ​elected in ​order to become more popular: They viewed the huge ​amountsspent on ​communityenvironmentalprojects as pork ​barrel.
pork-barrel
adjective [before noun]
The ​President promised to attack ​wastefulspending in Washington by ​vetoing pork-barrel ​spendingbills.
(Definition of pork barrel from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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