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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