A phrase used to describe the quality of work difference of that of private enterprise and the government.
BILL: I think we should start over, we did not do such a good job. Someone may get hurt.

WALTER: Don't worry, its close enough for government work.
von word genie 2. Oktober 2005
Stopping work on a task without performing the extra steps necessary to complete it to a high standard of quality.
I didn't pull the weeds from around the garage, but the lawn looks close enough for government work.
von Geekzapoppin 3. Oktober 2005

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