pork barrel

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

1905–10, Americanism

pork-barrel, adjective
pork-barreling, adjective, noun
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pork barrel
slang chiefly (US)
 a.  a bill or project requiring considerable government spending in a locality to the benefit of the legislator's constituents
 b.  (as modifier): pork-barrel spending
[C20: term originally applied to the Federal treasury considered as a source of lucrative grants]

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