boondoggle boondoggle  /ˌbun ˈdɑ ɡəl/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) work of little or no value done merely to look busy
  2. (v) do useless, wasteful, or trivial work

Usage(s):

  1. John McCain was the rare candidate who vehemently opposed ethanol as an outrageous agribusiness boondoggle, which is why he skipped Iowa in 2000.
  2. Republicans daydream that Dems could be seen as passing a giant, expensive boondoggle with nothing to show for it.
  3. And the project is arguably the most ecologically destructive Army Corps boondoggle on the books today, which is saying something.

News

  1. LETTER: Re: Olson ‘Why RFS is wrong’

    Congressman Pete Olson (“Why the RFS is wrong and solutions to help consumers until Congress can repeal it,” June 17) is right that the ethanol mandate has become “a market distorting boondoggle for t
    on June 20, 2013     Source: The Bay Area Citizen

  2. Bohica takes cumulative top honors at Father's Day Regatta

    Lahaina Yacht Club’s Father’s Day Regatta boats (from left) Amphitrite, Bohica, Boondoggle and Lono compete Saturday.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: The Maui News

  3. OINK: TV ad skewers Lindsey Graham's pork-barrel plutonium MOX boondoggle

    WASHINGTON, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If it walks like pork and sounds like pork -- even with a French accent -- it's probably pork.  And pork is what the Department of Energy's MOX Project is.To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click  http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/oink-tv-ad-skewers-lindsey-grahams-pork-barrel-plutonium-mox-boondoggle ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! News

Quotes

  1. "Whatever the thinking was a year ago or six months ago, now the reality of this $8 billion boondoggle, this gold-plated hospital plan would turn inmates into patients," Brown said.
    on Jan 28, 2009 By: Jerry Brown Source: FOXNews

  2. "These board members get $10,000 a week to go to a few boondoggle meetings," Icahn said during the speech and called their actions "reprehensible."
    on Jun 10, 2008 By: Carl Icahn Source: Reuters

  3. "It wasn't a total boondoggle," said Sloan, now executive director of the Washington watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. "We did actually learn a lot."
    on Aug 20, 2008 By: Melanie Sloan Source: FOXNews

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