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boondoggle (plural boondoggles)
- (especially Scouting) A braided ring to hold a neckerchief.
- Synonym: woggle
- (US, figuratively) A waste of time and/or money; a pointless activity.
- Coordinate term: white elephant
- Opponents consider this another billion-dollar government boondoggle.
- 2014 November 6, Rob Nixon, “Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’”, in New York Times:
- Klein dismantles the boondoggle that is cap and trade.
- 2005, Nicholas Johnson, “Chapter 3 Notes”, in Big Dead Place, →ISBN:
- By its strictest definition, a boondoggle is a recreational trip out of town, but it has been blurred by threadbare jokes to mean any trip that is desirable, whether for work or not.
woggle — see woggle
- (intransitive) To waste time on a pointless activity.