Origin of pork barrel
Related formspork-bar·rel, adjectivepork-bar·rel·ing, adjective, noun
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.
Walking is very difficult in a dehar, and its wearer feels about as free to move as if enclosed in a pork-barrel.Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life|Thomas Wallace Knox
You could see his ribs as plainly as the hoops on a pork-barrel.Horses Nine|Sewell Ford
Most of our political slang-terms since the Civil War, from pork-barrel to steam-roller, have been their inventions.
Plunder-bund is now at least as good as pork-barrel and slush-fund, and money-bund is frequently heard in Congress.
We are necessarily forced to the conclusion, that by far the cheapest mode of wintering pigs is in the pork-barrel.Domestic Animals|Richard L. Allen
British Dictionary definitions for pork barrel
- a bill or project requiring considerable government spending in a locality to the benefit of the legislator's constituents
- (as modifier)pork-barrel spending
Word Origin for pork barrel
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]