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Parkinson's law

or Parkinson's Law

the statement, expressed facetiously as if a law of physics, that work expands to fill the time allotted for its completion.
Origin of Parkinson's law
First recorded in 1950-55; after C. N. Parkinson Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Parkinson's law

Parkinson's law

the notion, expressed facetiously as a law of economics, that work expands to fill the time available for its completion
Word Origin
C20: named after C. N. Parkinson (1909–93), British historian and writer, who formulated it
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Word Origin and History for Parkinson's law

Parkinson's Law

1955 (in the "Economist" of Nov. 19), named for its deviser, British historian and journalist Cyril Northcote Parkinson (1909-1993): "work expands to fill the time available for its completion."

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Parkinson's law in Culture

Parkinson's Law definition

A law propounded by the twentieth-century British scholar C. Northcote Parkinson. It states, “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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