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boon·dog·gle(bo͞on′dô′gəl, -dŏg′əl) Informal
1. An unnecessary or wasteful project or activity.
a. A braided leather cord worn as a decoration especially by Boy Scouts.
b. A cord of braided leather, fabric, or plastic strips made by a child as a project to keep busy.
intr.v. boon·dog·gled, boon·dog·gling, boon·dog·gles
To waste time or money on a boondoggle.
[Coined before 1929 by Robert H. Link, American Eagle Scout, as a name for a braided leather decoration, perhaps on the model of earlier woggle, Boy Scout's braided leather neckerchief fastener in the shape of a Turk's-head, or toggle. Sense 1, from a public controversy that emerged in 1935 after New Deal funds were used to provide instruction for the unemployed in handicrafts such as leather braiding.]
(intr) to do futile and unnecessary work
a futile and unnecessary project or work
[C20: said to have been coined by R. H. Link, American scoutmaster]
boon•dog•gle(ˈbunˌdɒg əl, -ˌdɔ gəl)
n., v. -gled, -gling. n.
1. work of little or no value done merely to keep or look busy.
2. a project funded by the federal government out of political favoritism that is of no real value to the community or the nation.
3. a plaited leather cord for the neck made typically by a camper or a scout.v.t.
4. to deceive or attempt to deceive.v.i.
5. to do work of little value merely to keep or look busy.
Past participle: boondoggled
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|Noun||1.||boondoggle - work of little or no value done merely to look busy|
|Verb||1.||boondoggle - do useless, wasteful, or trivial work|
work - exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity; "I will work hard to improve my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"