self-licking ice cream cone
 n.— «The “self-licking ice cream cone” that is the Congress of the United States prevents the closure of redundant factories and is satisfied by minor reforms, such as procuring a few items “off the shelf.”» —by Stephen B. Wickman in National War College The Emotional Base Of America’s Military-Industrial Complex (Washington, D.C.) Apr. 24, 2003. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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