Buggins's turn


Buggins's turn
The appointment of a person by rotation or promotion, on the basis of length of service (it being that persons "turn") rather than merit or level of qualification.

He will be appointed on the principle of Bugginss turn.


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  • Buggin's turn — /bug inz/, Brit. promotion by seniority or rotation rather than merit. [1900 05; identity of the original Buggin or Buggins is obscure] * * * …   Universalium

  • Buggin's turn — /bug inz/, Brit. promotion by seniority or rotation rather than merit. [1900 05; identity of the original Buggin or Buggins is obscure] …   Useful english dictionary

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