cargo cult

cargo cult
car′go cult`
ant (sometimes caps.) any of various religious cults of Melanesia whose central belief is that spirit beings will bring them large cargoes of modern goods
Etymology: 1945–50 car′go cult`ist, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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