rice bowl
 n.— «But some also comes from an institutional, bureaucratic drive to have more airplanes and a bigger share of Navy and Defense Department budgets. “The air-systems people saw that whole program as a gigantic rice bowl they could put their hands into,” a critic in the Pentagon said.» —“How Hornet Was Stripped Of Values It Began With” by Richard Halloran in Washington, D.C. New York Times Nov. 23, 1982. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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