Definition of pork barrel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


pork barrel

BrE BrE//ˈpɔːk bærəl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔːrk bærəl//
[uncountable] (North American English, slang)
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local projects that are given a lot of government money in order to win votes; the money that is used pork-barrel projects/spending/politics Word Originearly 20th cent.: from the use of a barrel to keep a reserve supply of meat.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pork barrel