- a government appropriation, bill, or policy that supplies funds for local improvements designed to ingratiate legislators with their constituents.
Origin of pork barrel
Examples from the Web for pork barrel
The 2005 highway bill had more than three times the number of pork-barrel appropriations than its 1998 counterpart.He's Back!
March 8, 2009
Only once did he fling out and bestow an unmerited blow on the pork-barrel.The Battery and the Boiler
So it was that my wife said: "Felix, you will have to go to the pork-barrel."
The Deacon stared, but said he had taken it from his pork-barrel.
I needed the money, and I put my hook into the pork-barrel,—that is, I trusted the Public.
You could see his ribs as plainly as the hoops on a pork-barrel.Horses Nine
- slang, mainly US
- a bill or project requiring considerable government spending in a locality to the benefit of the legislator's constituents
- (as modifier)pork-barrel spending
Idioms and Phrases with pork barrel
Government funding of something that benefits a particular district, whose legislator thereby wins favor with local voters. For example, Our senator knows the value of the pork barrel. This expression alludes to the fatness of pork, equated with political largesse since the mid-1800s. [c. 1900]