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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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quangoquan‧go /ˈkwæŋɡəʊ $ -ɡoʊ/ noun (plural quangos) [countable]  PGOan independent organization in Britain, started by the government but with its own legal powerssee thesaurus at organization
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quangoMinisters must themselves address these problems and not leave so-called quangos to tackle the job for them.The development of semi-independent quangos was noted at the start of this chapter.The make-up of some of the most influential quangos is laid down in law, and would require more legislation to change.Exactly how many quangos exist is not known.Because of these various difficulties a count of quangos is beset with problems.Although these are legitimate grounds for unease, solutions are far from straight forward because of the diversity of quangos.For these reasons, if for no others, quangos seem unlikely to become extinct.In some cases Labour's quangos merge existing ones, or replace well-established bodies.
From Longman Business Dictionaryquangoquan‧go /ˈkwæŋgəʊ-goʊ/ noun (plural quangos or quangoes) [countable]ORGANIZATIONS an independent organization in Britain, formed by the government but with its own legal powers. Quangos are responsible for controlling and supporting particular activities, for example by deciding who should receive money given by the government. The new name for quangos is NDPBsUnelected quangos have replaced elected boards in much of the administration of government.quangos such as the Arts Council
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