boondoggle
[ boon-dog-uhl ]
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Part of Speech noun, verb
Origin + Etymology
1930's unknown origin
Synonyms
    1.
  • waste
  • useless
    2.
  • drag
  • idle
  • lag
  • linger
  • loiter
  • lollygag
  • procrastinate
  • putter
  • tarry
  • trail
Antonyms
    1.
  • useful
  • worthy
    2.
  • complete
  • finish
  • go
  • hurry
  • leave
  • rush
Definition
1. work or activity that is wasteful or pointless but gives the appearance of having value
2. waste money or time on unnecessary or questionable projects
Examples
1. The city project was a great boondoggle that ultimately did not benefit the taxpayers at all.
2. It became known that the politician would boondoggle and therefore was not re-elected.
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