Origin of public works
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.
I, therefore, resolved to apply to the minister of public-works.Their Majesties as I Knew Them|Xavier Paoli
British Dictionary definitions for public works
Culture definitions for public works
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.)