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codel (plural codels)

  1. Abbreviation of congressional delegation., government-paid trips abroad, designed to give lawmakers first-hand knowledge of matters relevant to their legislation.
    • 2005, Bill Richardson, Michael Ruby, Between Worlds: The Making of an American Life, page 134
      It was the start of one of those congressional delegation trips — a CODEL, in the bureaucratic shorthand — but this time, I was the only member of Congress along for the ride.


  • Definition found in Wall Street Journal article of 10/17/06 titled "On Overseas Trips, Congress's Rules Are Often Ignored" by Scot. J. Paltrow.