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Something that is silly or useless

gimmick

noun

something that is intended to impress and interest you but is really not at all useful

white elephant

noun

an object that is useless and may have cost a lot of money

rubbish

noun

something that is useless, of no value, or of very low quality

frippery

noun

something useless but attractive or enjoyable

frivolity

noun

something that is silly

muck

noun

something unpleasant, offensive, or of no value

snake oil

noun

something useless that someone tries to sell you or make you believe is good

dreck

noun

something that is useless, of no value, or of very low quality

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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