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boon·dog·gle

 (bo͞on′dô′gəl, -dŏg′əl) Informal
n.
1. An unnecessary or wasteful project or activity.
2.
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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boondoggle

(ˈbuːnˌdɒɡəl)
vb
(intr) to do futile and unnecessary work
n
a futile and unnecessary project or work
[C20: said to have been coined by R. H. Link, American scoutmaster]
ˈboonˌdoggler n
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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.
[1930–35, Amer.]
boon′dog`gler, n.
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boondoggle


Past participle: boondoggled
Gerund: boondoggling

Imperative
boondoggle
boondoggle
Present
I boondoggle
you boondoggle
he/she/it boondoggles
we boondoggle
you boondoggle
they boondoggle
Preterite
I boondoggled
you boondoggled
he/she/it boondoggled
we boondoggled
you boondoggled
they boondoggled
Present Continuous
I am boondoggling
you are boondoggling
he/she/it is boondoggling
we are boondoggling
you are boondoggling
they are boondoggling
Present Perfect
I have boondoggled
you have boondoggled
he/she/it has boondoggled
we have boondoggled
you have boondoggled
they have boondoggled
Past Continuous
I was boondoggling
you were boondoggling
he/she/it was boondoggling
we were boondoggling
you were boondoggling
they were boondoggling
Past Perfect
I had boondoggled
you had boondoggled
he/she/it had boondoggled
we had boondoggled
you had boondoggled
they had boondoggled
Future
I will boondoggle
you will boondoggle
he/she/it will boondoggle
we will boondoggle
you will boondoggle
they will boondoggle
Future Perfect
I will have boondoggled
you will have boondoggled
he/she/it will have boondoggled
we will have boondoggled
you will have boondoggled
they will have boondoggled
Future Continuous
I will be boondoggling
you will be boondoggling
he/she/it will be boondoggling
we will be boondoggling
you will be boondoggling
they will be boondoggling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been boondoggling
you have been boondoggling
he/she/it has been boondoggling
we have been boondoggling
you have been boondoggling
they have been boondoggling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been boondoggling
you will have been boondoggling
he/she/it will have been boondoggling
we will have been boondoggling
you will have been boondoggling
they will have been boondoggling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been boondoggling
you had been boondoggling
he/she/it had been boondoggling
we had been boondoggling
you had been boondoggling
they had been boondoggling
Conditional
I would boondoggle
you would boondoggle
he/she/it would boondoggle
we would boondoggle
you would boondoggle
they would boondoggle
Past Conditional
I would have boondoggled
you would have boondoggled
he/she/it would have boondoggled
we would have boondoggled
you would have boondoggled
they would have boondoggled
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.boondoggle - work of little or no value done merely to look busy
waste, wastefulness, dissipation - useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly; "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"; "mindless dissipation of natural resources"
Verb1.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"
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Translations

boondoggle

[ˈbuːndɒgl] VI (US) → enredar
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boondoggle

(US inf)
viauf Staatskosten Zeit und Geld verplempern (inf)
nZeitverschwendung for Kleinkrämerei fauf Staatskosten
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