Buggins's turn

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

Etymology:

  • Earliest recorded use is by Admiral Fisher, later First Sea Lord, in a 1901 letter.
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He will be appointed on the principle of Buggins's turn.

Submitted on July 07, 2010

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