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public works

plural noun
structures, as roads, dams, or post offices, paid for by government funds for public use.
Origin of public works
First recorded in 1670-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Here also in this colony he constructed some of the greatest of our public works.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • Why, in the direction of public works and in the building of factories.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Lectures, discussions and visits to public works of special importance.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • public works, indeed; find me the money, Stubber, and I 'll suggest the works.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • Why, he is chairman of the board of public works and he advertised for proposals.

    The New Pun Book

    Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
British Dictionary definitions for public works

public works

plural noun
engineering projects and other constructions, financed and undertaken by a government for the community
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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public works in Culture

public works definition

Public facilities and improvements financed by the government for the public good. Public works include hospitals, bridges, highways, and dams. These projects may be funded by local, state, or federal appropriations. (See also pork-barrel legislation.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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