pork barrel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pork barrel a legislative appropriation designed to ingratiate legislators with their constituents
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Idioms

Pork barrel - Pork barrel politics involves investing money in an area to get political support rather than using the money for the common good.
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Usage

In literature:

And Rosa a sylph that would fit tight in a pork barrel!
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
So one speaks of a tree, a saint, a barrel of pork, the Rocky Mountains.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
Have we not barrels upon barrels of rusty pork, and flour enough to victual a large army for the next two years?
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
These alleged that a barrel of pork had been put upon the raft.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
Joe Hawkridge had learned of the storeroom through helping the steward hoist out a barrel of pork.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
A barrel of pork weighs 200 pounds.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
Our pork we took from the barrels and strung it on poles, leaving the barrels behind.
"An interesting journal of Abner Stocking of Chatham, Connecticut" by Abner Stocking
It consisted, for the most part, of barrels of pork and flour, with a quantity of dried hams, and some bags of coffee.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
Westbury came, and I persuaded him to take them at a reduction, and threw in Uncle Joe's pork and ham barrels.
"Dwellers in Arcady" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Pork-barrels are rolled up and placed in a line.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
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In news:

State Assembly releases pork-barrel spending.
Mitt Romney's Pork Barrel Olympics.
Photo by Pork Barrel BBQ/Facebook.
Silver wants pork barrel spending back.
With the federal deficit at $1.5 trillion, some voters are balking at politicians who tout a record of securing ' pork barrel ' projects.
The evils of pork-barrel spending.
Longtime congressman was master of pork-barrel politics.
"We have former members of Congress in jail and a lobbyist in jail for this sort of behavior," said David Williams, who has been tracking pork-barrel spending for 15 years for Citizens Against Government Waste.
Pork Barrel Projects Rampant in Congress's Spending for 2009 Fiscal Year.
McCain Calls to Reform Pork Barrel Politics.
Vermont Ranks 9th in Federal Pork Barreling.
(Host) Vermont is among the top ten recipients of congressional pork barrel money according to a new report by a Washington-based group.
(Pork Barrel BBQ ) There's a new 'cue in town.
This pulled pork sandwich from Barrel No 51 is quite the porky, saucy mess.
Pork Barrel puts old guard on notice.
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