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Murphy's law

The axiom that if something can go wrong, it will. The manager always tries to anticipate Murphy's law, having us prepare for anything that could possibly go wrong on a project.
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Murphy's law

If anything can go wrong, it will, as in We may think we've covered all the details for the benefit, but remember Murphy's law . The identity of Murphy, if ever a real person, is unknown. Some think it alludes to (but was not invented by) a feckless Irishman named Murphy. [c. 1940]
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Murphy's law

if anything can go wrong it will.
Murphy's law is said to have been the inspiration of a Californian project manager for the firm Northrop, referring to a remark made in 1949 by a colleague, Captain Edward Murphy of the Wright Field-Aircraft Laboratory. In 1955 , Aviation Mechanics Bulletin explained Murphy's Law as ‘If an aircraft part can be installed incorrectly, someone will install it that way’.
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ˌMurphy’s ˈLaw

(humorous) a statement of the fact that, if anything can possibly go wrong, it will go wrong: Of course it had to be the day of my job interview that the car broke down — it’s Murphy’s Law.This expression was named after Edward A. Murphy, Jr., an engineer in the US Air Force.
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Mrs. Murphy

n. a bathroom. Whose turn is it at Mrs. Murphy’s?
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1. n. a potato. I spent half my tour of duty peeling murphies.
2. n. a breast. (Crude. Usually plural. Usually objectionable.) She stood about six feet tall and was turned in the light so her murphies stood out in silhouette.
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The local Murphy family has been in the timber business since the early 1900s.
Just after the turn of the 20th century, Charles Murphy Sr.
Murphy alternatively argued that the damages were not income within the 16th Amendment, and therefore could not be subject to tax.
No other bones of a meat eater have been found at this site, says Murphy.
After the arrest, Murphy said in an open letter to the city that she would not attend council meetings until after her court date and would keep up with city business from home.
What impresses Murphy is Stiefel's leadership quality.
Later it was learned that Murphy had a history of assaulting people and that at the time of the attack, he was, in tact, out on bail after having assaulted a man in a diner in Kittery the previous day.
Patrick Murphy is responsible for managing the CB Richard Ellis' New Jersey, Westchester and Long Island, New York and Connecticut operations.
Nagel and Murphy do get one thing right: All theories of property and taxes, including libertarian and utilitarian ones, rely on assumptions about justice.
Murphy writes that, at the time of Douglas's death in January 1980, burial at Arlington was reserved for those ex-servicemen who had received a Silver Star or higher medal, died on active duty, or served at least 20 years.
Shortly before Murphy was summoned, an Indonesian paramilitary group put out a press release accusing him of being in the country illegally and of spreading
Murphy, executive vice president, said the decrease in revenues and profits for the third quarter and, to a lesser extent, the nine months, were caused by permitting delays and larger than expected start up capital expenditures for the fixed soil remediation plant in Fontana, Calif.
Using labor and temperance journals, and to a lesser extent, letters and diaries, Teresa Anne Murphy argues that religion gave working people an avenue for protesting against their middle-class employers.
Murphy continues (xxv-xxvi) by giving several cogent reasons why Ramus chose to write his Brutinae quaestiones, which was directed against Cicero's De oratore (Orator).