pork barrel definition by Webster's New World
Informal government appropriations for political patronage, as for local improvements to please legislators' constituents
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- pork-barreling noun
pork barrel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun SlangThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A government project or appropriation that yields jobs or other benefits to a specific locale and patronage opportunities to its political representative.
Origin: From pork barrel, barrel for storing pork, supply of money.
pork barrel - Phrases/Idioms
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]