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public works

structures, as roads, dams, or post offices, paid for by government funds for public use.
Origin of public works
1670-80 Unabridged
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  • The magnificence and splendor of their public works are among the imperishable glories of the ancient republics.
  • Monumental and monochromatic public works had risen on the trampled foundations of prerevolutionary pastel palaces.
  • Infrastructure is a fancy contemporary term for what used to be known as public works.
  • So a wiser approach to public works is slowly taking shape.
  • Successive governments had responded by ramping up the spending on public works.
  • As to a community service requirement, sure, but not a public works one.
  • Nor is he directly responsible for planning and implementing the public works that they are called on to perform.
  • But as politics has become more bitter, public works have been neglected.
  • They could also harm the bureaucrats and politicians who often feed off public works projects and big industrial polluters.
  • What they came up with was an ambitious program of public works.
British Dictionary definitions for public works

public works

plural noun
engineering projects and other constructions, financed and undertaken by a government for the community
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public works in Culture

public works definition

Public facilities and improvements financed by the government for the public good. Public works include hospitals, bridges, highways, and dams. These projects may be funded by local, state, or federal appropriations. (See also pork-barrel legislation.)

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