Definitions for pork barrel

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pork′ bar`rel(n.)

  1. a government appropriation, bill, or policy that supplies funds for local improvements designed to ingratiate legislators with their constituents.

    Category: Government, Informal

Origin of pork barrel:

1905–10, Amer.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. pork barrel, pork(noun)

    a legislative appropriation designed to ingratiate legislators with their constituents


  1. Pork barrel

    Pork barrel is the appropriation of government spending for localized projects secured solely or primarily to bring money to a representative's district. The usage originated in American English. In election campaigns, the term is used in derogatory fashion to attack opponents. Scholars, however, use it as a technical term regarding legislative control of local appropriations.

Translations for pork barrel

  • χοιρινό βαρέλιGreek
  • barril de cerdoSpanish
  • पोर्क बैरलHindi


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