- structures, as roads, dams, or post offices, paid for by government funds for public use.
Origin of public works
First recorded in 1670–80
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Examples from the Web for public works
In any case, any shovel-ready public-works projects that were capable of gearing up quickly have already been funded.Obama's Clueless Liberal Critics
July 8, 2009
I, therefore, resolved to apply to the minister of public-works.Their Majesties as I Knew Them
- engineering projects and other constructions, financed and undertaken by a government for the community
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