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
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of public works
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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