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budget dust

budget dust
 n.— «Some of the items certainly appear to be extravagant in light of the fact that the agency has consistently run a deficit. And although the relatively small amount may, in the grand scheme of things, be no more than what we refer to as budget dust, it is both symbolic and reflective of what they bring to the table. They’re not very cost-conscious.» —“Despite budget woes, MTA board dines well” by Lisa Mascaro in L.A. Orange County Register (California) June 5, 2005. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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