boondoggle

[ boon-dog-uh l, -daw-guh l ]SEE DEFINITION OF boondoggle
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WORD ORIGIN

1935, American English, of uncertain origin, popularized during the New Deal as a contemptuous word for make-work projects for the unemployed. Said to have been a pioneer word for "gadget;" it also was by 1932 a Boy Scout term for a kind of woven braid.

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