boondoggle

A boondoggle is a useless, trivial piece of work — it's a waste of time. If you're serious about your career, you should avoid boondoggles.

Boondoggle is a silly sounding word for a silly project. Any endeavor that's a total waste of time or has no value could be called a boondoggle, especially if you're doing it just to look busy and important. The verb boondoggle means to do that useless work. If the mayor spends all his time promoting an eagle reserve in the middle of the Bronx instead of focusing on subway repairs, you could call that a boondoggle.

Definitions of boondoggle
1

n work of little or no value done merely to look busy

Type of:
dissipation, waste, wastefulness
useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly

v do useless, wasteful, or trivial work

Type of:
work
exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity

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