Buggins' turn

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Buggins' turn

Appointment or advancement based on a series of rotation (as due, for example, to seniority) rather than individual merit, qualification, or achievement. So called for the commonness and ubiquity of Buggins as a surname in the UK Primarily heard in UK. Even though I work twice as hard as him, he's going to get the promotion because of Buggins' turn.
See also: turn
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When it is the power of McGinn and his successors as SFA president - McBeth will take over in 18 months, and after his four-year term Buggins Turn will hand the top job to Peat - will be reduced to almost nothing.