pork-barrel Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “pork-barrel” in the English Dictionary

"pork-barrel" in British English

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pork-barreladjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈpɔːkˌbær.əl/  us   /ˈpɔːrkˌber-/ US slang disapproving
involvingspendinglargeamounts of ​money in an ​area in ​order to make ​localpeople more ​likely to ​vote for a ​particularperson or ​party: pork-barrel ​projects/​spending/​politics
(Definition of pork-barrel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pork barrel" in American English

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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
(Definition of pork barrel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pork barrel" in Business English

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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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in Chinese (Simplified) (为争取地方选民)政治拨款的,分肥拨款的…
in Chinese (Traditional) (為爭取地方選民)政治撥款的,政治分肥的…
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