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English definition of “pork-barrel”

pork-barrel

adjective [before noun]     /ˈpɔːkˌbær.əl/ US  /ˈpɔːrkˌber-/ US slang disapproving
involving spending large amounts of money in an area in order to make local people more likely to vote for a particular person or party : pork-barrel projects / spending / politics Economics and the state of the economy
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