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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbuːndɒɡl̩/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbundɑɡl̩/
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boondoggle (plural boondoggles)
- (especially scouting) A braided ring to hold a neckerchief.
- Synonym: woggle
- (Canada, US, figuratively, usually politics) A waste of time and/or money; a pointless activity.
- Coordinate term: white elephant
- Opponents consider this another billion-dollar government boondoggle.
- 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.
- 2014 November 6, Rob Nixon, “Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’”, in New York Times:
- Klein dismantles the boondoggle that is cap and trade.
- 2019 May 2, “Iter, a reactor in France, may deliver fusion power as early as 2045”, in The Economist, →ISSN:
- For cynics, it is a boondoggle plagued by delays (it began in 2007 and was supposed to begin experiments in 2016, but this will not now happen until 2025), questionable management and ballooning costs (double the original estimate).
woggle — see woggle
- (intransitive) To waste time on a pointless activity.