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’
    • ‘And there's really not much of a difference between them in terms of boodle.’
    • ‘I should be sorry to have any boodle about me with that man in the house.’
    • ‘Yet when the logic self-destructed in practice, conservatives were remarkably content, since they had delivered the boodle to the right clients.’
    • ‘His pronouncements will inspire a lobbying contest among the upscale interests to see who can extract the most boodle from the Treasury.’
    • ‘Notwithstanding, when the grant kicked in in 1998, the boodle was cut in half and the capital improvement component disappeared.’
    • ‘Also, that Turner prize is worth a lot of boodle and the other competitors don't seem particularly impressive.’
    • ‘But the extra boodle appears to have made no difference to how content we are.’
    • ‘These are sometimes called the pay cards or boodle cards.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every year she brings in more boodle, far exceeding the targets set by the council.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.