Definition of boodle in English:



mass nouninformal
  • Money, especially that gained or spent illegally or improperly.

    ‘he spent $30 million of his own boodle trying to buy a Senate seat’
    • ‘I should be sorry to have any boodle about me with that man in the house.’
    • ‘Notwithstanding, when the grant kicked in in 1998, the boodle was cut in half and the capital improvement component disappeared.’
    • ‘Yet when the logic self-destructed in practice, conservatives were remarkably content, since they had delivered the boodle to the right clients.’
    • ‘Yet he still needs mucho boodle to pay for his wars, and for the corporate welfare he doles out by the barge-load to his friends and family.’
    • ‘Another brainless action idol thriller rakes the box office markers into the drawer, tallies up the boodle and announces the dawn of a new era of starmaking.’
    • ‘And there's really not much of a difference between them in terms of boodle.’
    • ‘His pronouncements will inspire a lobbying contest among the upscale interests to see who can extract the most boodle from the Treasury.’
    • ‘These are sometimes called the pay cards or boodle cards.’
    • ‘Pre-election federal spending announcements are so lucrative that one strains to think up ways to get some of the boodle directed toward native communities.’
    • ‘But the extra boodle appears to have made no difference to how content we are.’
    • ‘Every year she brings in more boodle, far exceeding the targets set by the council.’
    • ‘Also, that Turner prize is worth a lot of boodle and the other competitors don't seem particularly impressive.’
    • ‘‘I've got enough boodle to carry us a bit,’ he said, ‘but not if you're bent on painting the town.’’
    • ‘And there's nothing like the prospect of boodle to get people under the same umbrella.’
    • ‘Famished for power and perks, they pour out of the law schools and the centers for the study of this and that to cop the boodle when their side wins.’
    cash, hard cash, ready money
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Early 17th century (denoting a pack or crowd): from Dutch boedel, boel ‘possessions, disorderly mass’. Compare with caboodle.