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.
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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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