American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An unnecessary or wasteful project or activity.
- n. A braided leather cord worn as a decoration especially by Boy Scouts.
- n. A cord of braided leather, fabric, or plastic strips made by a child as a project to keep busy.
- v. To waste time or money on a boondoggle.
- n. A braided ring to hold a neckerchief, particularly in scouting; a woggle.
- n. US A waste of time and/or money; a pointless activity.
- v. intransitive To waste time on a pointless activity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. a braided cord made by hand by young scouts, used for various purposes, such as a hat cord or a key chain.
- v. a useless, wasteful, or impractical project; -- especially one authorized by a government agency as a favor to partisans, to employ unemployed people, or in return for corrupt payments.
- v. to do useless, wasteful, or trivial work.
- v. do useless, wasteful, or trivial work
- n. work of little or no value done merely to look busy
- Coined by Robert H. Link, American scout, 1929; alternatively “boon doggle”. Compare woggle of similar sense, attested in same period. (Wiktionary)
- Coined by Robert H. Link (died 1957), American scoutmaster. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They missed a few but did better avoiding wasteful projects than FDR and the New Dealers in the era when the term boondoggle was coined.”
“The term boondoggle, in the sense of a project that wastes time and money, first appeared during the Great Depression in the 1930s, referring to the millions of jobs given to unemployed men and women to try to get the economy moving again, as part of the New Deal.”
“This boondoggle is a travesty to the American people.”
“On Thursday, Florida Rep. John L. Mica R said that he sought to broker a deal that would have allowed private investors into the Florida rail proposal as a hedge against overruns but that Scott could not be persuaded to support what he called a "boondoggle.”
“If that wasn't enough, there were Doug Ford's ill-considered remarks about Waterfront Toronto, which he described as a "boondoggle.”
“The governor says the rail line, which he calls a "boondoggle," wouldn't have as high of a ridership as currently projected-citing a study from the Reason Foundation.”
“Walker, a Republican, vowed during the campaign to stop the train which he called a boondoggle and waste of taxpayer money.”
“This boondoggle is too power grabbing and too expensive to provide coverage for a small percentage of the public.”
“This boondoggle is not a victory for the American people because too many voiced their opposition to the varied proposals put forward and clearly the people did not want to see the changes being proposed.”
“Mr. Walker had made opposing the train, which he called a boondoggle, a central issue in his campaign.”
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