Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A government project or appropriation that yields jobs or other benefits to a specific locale and patronage opportunities to its political representative.

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  • n. a legislative appropriation designed to ingratiate legislators with their constituents

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From pork barrel, barrel for storing pork, supply of money.

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  • A pork barrel, literally, is a barrel in which pork is kept. The term is more commonly used as a political metaphor for the appropriation of government spending for projects that are intended primarily to benefit particular constituents or campaign contributors. This usage originated in American English.

    _Wikipedia

    February 7, 2008