American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An organization or agency that is financed by a government but that acts independently of it.
- n. a quasi nongovernmental organization; an organization that is financed by the government yet acts independently of the government
- From the initial letters (the first two letters for the first word) of "quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization" (Wiktionary)
- qua(si) n(on-)g(overnmental) o(rganization). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In a letter to Cabinet ministers, Mrs Thatcher's then principal private secretary Kenneth Stowe acknowledged "the term quango has no generally accepted definition".”
“In a speech to Reform this afternoon, David Cameron argued that the growth of the so-called quango state represents “a serious accountability problem with our political system”.”
“The quango, which is responsible for more than 4,000 miles of motorway and trunk road, said the move will save money and carbon emissions and even stop light pollution.”
“When the old Blood Service "quango" in Stevenage was scrapped by the last bunch of Tories it introduced Aids to an unsuspecting haemophiliac population.”
“In Britain it is known as a "quango," or a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization that receives funding and a mission from parliament but acts independently, with its own board.”
“David's statement, "We're going to get rid of some of these quangos" had surfers scurrying to find out what a "quango" is, while Nick's repeated assaults on the "Trident missile" led to a similar search spike.”
“The coveted card is issued to high-ranking officials such as quango bosses, council chief executives and senior bureaucrats.”
“But the figures do not include many other organisations that are regularly bracketed in the "quango" category.”
“If this is the case then why not have the leverage to make necessary changes without setting up another 'quango' never used before in this specific situation with massive risks to every Irish citizen now and for generations instead of just set up a 'good bank'!”
“And he called on senior public servants to show a lead, "proposing" a salary freeze for top level workers such as quango chief executives, judges, Whitehall mandarins, hospital consultants and GPs.”
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