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public works

noun
1.
structures, as roads, dams, or post offices, paid for by government funds for public use.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80
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British Dictionary definitions for public workses

public works

plural noun
1.
engineering projects and other constructions, financed and undertaken by a government for the community
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public workses 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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