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public works

plural noun
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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public works

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