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pork barrel

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

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

pork barrel

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) slang chiefly
a. a bill or project requiring considerable government spending in a locality to the benefit of the legislator's constituents
b. (as modifier): pork-barrel spending.
[C20: term originally applied to the Federal treasury considered as a source of lucrative grants]

pork′ bar`rel



n.
a government appropriation, bill, or policy that supplies funds for local improvements designed to ingratiate legislators with their constituents.
[1905–10, Amer.]
pork′-bar`rel•ing, n.

pork barrel

A government project that brings investment and employment to a place represented by a particular member of a legislature.
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Noun1.pork barrel - a legislative appropriation designed to ingratiate legislators with their constituents
appropriation - money set aside (as by a legislature) for a specific purpose
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Then, hours after Alexander had denied the move was the worst type of pork barrel politics, a press release was sent to Scottish journalists from the UK Treasury.
Aso apparently tried to give an impression to people that his administration is not engaging in pork barrel politics but is thinking of long-term policies.
In a reminder of the dying days of the 1978-9 Labour government, the loss of authority, majority or credibility lead a struggling party sink to shabby backroom deals, pork barrel politics and fixes to cling on to office.
But such pork barrel politics demeaned the PM, undermined his authority, and left him looking even more shaky as the days went by.
Americans call it pork barrel politics, when government cash is channeled into particular areas to help deliver votes.
Vice Commander Kaye Egan covered legislation and pork barrel politics, assisted by a member carrying a large, red hardboard pig around the conference room to help make her point.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday criticized the corruption and pork barrel politics that have bedeviled Japan's political system.
11 changed everything," but it didn't lay a glove on the time-honored techniques of pork barrel politics.
It's pure pork barrel politics that is responsible for a funding scheme that could only be concocted in Washington.
This vicious circle of pork barrel politics and special interest money has been a regular feature of defense budget politics for decades, resulting in higher levels of Pentagon spending than might be justified by an objective assessment of the security threats facing the United States.
government panders to shoddy pork barrel politics and makes a mockery of their claim to be free traders.