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Self-licking ice cream cone

DEFINITION

Useless perpetual motion scheme. A program of questionable use that receives ongoing funding and is an end in itself without much value. Ice cream is enjoyable so if there were a way to make it last a long time, that would be nice, so this phrase suggests a scheme that perpetuates itself, whether for good or bad.

 

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