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insincere speechmaking by a politician intended merely to please local constituents.
insincere talk; claptrap; humbug.
Historical Examples

The American Language Henry L. Mencken
Southern Literature From 1579-1895 Louise Manly
Island Nights’ Entertainments Robert Louis Stevenson
A Far Country, Complete Winston Churchill
The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
The Whirlpool George Gissing
The Deserter, and Other Stories Harold Frederic
The Motor Boat Club in Florida H. Irving Hancock
The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
The American Senator Anthony Trollope

a variant spelling (esp US) of bunkum
empty talk; nonsense
(mainly US) empty or insincere speechmaking by a politician to please voters or gain publicity


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