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 Britain. 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

Buggins's turn

appointment in rotation rather than by merit.
Buggins is used here to represent a typical or generic surname.
See also: turn
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We do NOT need a party apparatchik, looking inward to grease the wheels of the party apparatus and give meaning to 'buggin's turn'.
He may adopt the Buggin's turn method under which the job would go to the most senior.
Choosing MSPs needs to be about far more than Buggin's turn.
Maybe the Broad Street "Buggin's turn" BID is lacking nominations for its hallow'd walkway, so I'll throw a name into the ring.
George Peat - next in line for Buggin's Turn - has his critics, but he will surely be better than McBeth and may even restore some dignity to the office.
A - Every one of the current 15 member countries of the European Union heads the Presidency of the group for six months at a time on a Buggin's turn basis.
Written off as a party time-server who was selected by "Buggin's turn", he is 59 and is clearly going no further.
It would cut the size of the European Commission and put a cap on the size of the European Parliament, it would guarantee that national parliaments would look at European proposals before ministers take a position in the EU Council (instead of hearing about it afterwards); it would enshrine the principle that the EU may only deal with subjects that member countries have requested it to deal with; it would give countries a vote in the Council of Ministers proportional to their population (thereby increasing Britain's power) and it would get rid of the silly "Buggin's turn" presidency of the European Council (having instead a chosen 30-month president).
"We have to stop the Buggin's turn mentality of the party and promote people of talent.