verb (used with object), boon·dog·gled, boon·dog·gling.
verb (used without object), boon·dog·gled, boon·dog·gling.
Origin of boondoggle
Examples from the Web for boondoggle
While that may have some positive health effects, aggressive medical therapy is also a boondoggle for drug companies.Doctors Should Start Advocating Dietary Options to Treat Heart Disease|Daniela Drake|July 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But really, aside from these nice side benefits, the whole thing is a boondoggle, at least it is for us.
A major bill may contain dozens of bridges to nowhere, or boondoggle favors to some deep-pocketed donor.Rick Santorum’s Beltway Curse Is Hurting His 2012 Campaign|Howard Kurtz|February 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for boondoggle
Word Origin for boondoggle
Word Origin and History for boondoggle
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.