boondoggle

[ boon-dog-uhl ]

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Part of Speech

noun, verb

Origin + Etymology

1930's

unknown origin

Synonyms

    1.
  • drag
  • idle
  • lag
  • linger
  • loiter
  • lollygag
  • procrastinate
  • putter
  • tarry
  • trail
    2.
  • waste
  • useless

Antonyms

    1.
  • complete
  • finish
  • go
  • hurry
  • leave
  • rush
    2.
  • useful
  • worthy

Definition

1. waste money or time on unnecessary or questionable projects
2. work or activity that is wasteful or pointless but gives the appearance of having value

Examples

1. The politician became known for boondoggling and therefore was not re-elected.
2. The city project was a great boondoggle that ultimately did not benefit the taxpayers at all.

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