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 (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.]

boon′dog′gler n.
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n (US inf) → staatlich angestellte Niete, kleinkarierte Beamtenseele, beamteter Kleinkrämer
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Of course, if other public projects exist where overall costs outweigh benefits, then $6 a year per project could add up to quite a hefty boondoggler's bill.
He acknowledges that there are "selfless idealists," which is what he was while teaching in Africa a half century ago; but at the other end of the continuum he sees "the laziest boondogglers." We can't doubt but that a great many well-meaning people contribute to their churches' missionary funds, say, out of the best of motives.
Yet Umland's shovel comment underlines the skepticism that the Project workers always faced, as shiftless "pencil leaners" and boondogglers on the dole.