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boodlery, n.

Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: Formed within English, by derivation. Etymons: boodle v., -ery suffix; boodler n., -y suffix3.
Etymology: Either (i) < boodle v. + -ery suffix,
or (ii) < boodler n. + -y suffix3; compare -ery suffix.
slang (orig. and chiefly U.S.). Now hist. and rare.

  Bribery and corruption in public life; misappropriation or embezzlement of public funds; = boodleism n. at boodle n.1 Derivatives.

1886   Muscatine (Iowa) Daily Jrnl. 26 Nov. 1/2   The ‘organ’ apologizes for Democratic boodlery in Democratic New York City.
1896   Winnipeg Daily Tribune 24 June 5/2   Hamilton and Ottawa broke the chains of corruption and boodlery yesterday.
1921   Internat. Brotherhood of Blacksmiths Monthly Jrnl. Sept. 10/2   Our country, ti's of thee, Land of sweet boodlery, To thee we cling.
1981   M. P. Malone Battle for Butte vi. 120   The Rocky Mountain News..likened the Clark boodlery to the earlier case of Alexander Caldwell of Kansas, who had similarly bought up legislators like ‘a drove of cattle’.

1886—1981(Hide quotations)


This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, September 2018).