pork barrel
noun Date: 1909 government projects or appropriations yielding rich patronage benefits; also pork 2

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  • pork barrel — ˈpork ˌbarrel noun [singular, uncountable] informal disapproving a government plan to increase the amount of money spent in a particular area in order to gain a political advantage: • One person s pork barrel is another s essential local… …   Financial and business terms

  • pork-barrel — UK US noun [U] US INFORMAL ► POLITICS spending by politicians of large amounts of government money on projects in the areas they depend on for being elected in order to become more popular: »They viewed the huge amounts spent on community… …   Financial and business terms

  • pork barrel — pork .barrel n [singular, U] AmE informal a government plan to increase the amount of money spent in a particular area, done in order to gain a political advantage used to show disapproval ▪ pork barrel spending …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pork barrel — pork ,barrel adjective AMERICAN INFORMAL pork barrel politics or spending uses government money to give benefits to people in a particular area, so that the politician who represents that area will be more popular …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pork barrel — politics involves investing money in an area to get political support rather than using the money for the common good …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • pork barrel — pork barrel, adj. pork barreling, adj., n. Informal. a government appropriation, bill, or policy that supplies funds for local improvements designed to ingratiate legislators with their constituents. [1905 10, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • pork barrel — ☆ pork barrel n. Informal government appropriations for political patronage, as for local improvements to please legislators constituents pork barreling n …   English World dictionary

  • pork barrel —    Pork barrel politics involves investing money in an area to get political support rather than using the money for the common good.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Pork barrel —   Pork barrel politics involves investing money in an area to get political support rather than using the money for the common good …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • Pork barrel — In United States politics, the term pork barrel refers to the appropriation of government spending for projects that are intended primarily to benefit particular constituents, such as those in marginal seats or campaign contributors. This usage… …   Wikipedia

  • pork barrel — also pork barrel N SING: usu N n (disapproval) If you say that someone is using pork barrel politics, you mean that they are spending a lot of government money on a local project in order to win the votes of the people who live in that area.… …   English dictionary

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