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noun, Informal.
a government appropriation, bill, or policy that supplies funds for local improvements designed to ingratiate legislators with their constituents.
(slang, mainly US)


Involving spending large amounts of money in an area that generates consumer popularity


A legislative appropriation designed to ingratiate legislators with their constituents (1909+)
Government funding of something that benefits a particular district, whose legislator thereby wins favor with local voters. For example, Our senator knows the value of the pork barrel. This expression alludes to the fatness of pork, equated with political largesse since the mid-1800s. [ c. 1900 ]


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