North American informal
Definition of boondoggle
work or activity that is wasteful or pointless but gives the appearance of having value:writing off the cold fusion phenomenon as a boondoggle best buried in literature a public project of questionable merit that typically involves political patronage and graft:they each drew $600,000 in the final months of the great boondoggle
verb [no object]
waste money or time on unnecessary or questionable projects.