Buggin's turn

[ buhg-inz ]
/ ˈbʌg ɪnz /

noun British.

promotion by seniority or rotation rather than merit.

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Origin of Buggin's turn

1900–05; identity of the original Buggin or Buggins is obscure
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British Dictionary definitions for Buggin's turn

Buggins' turn

Buggins's turn

/ (ˈbʌɡɪnz) /

noun

British slang the principle of awarding an appointment to members of a group in turn, rather than according to merit

Word Origin for Buggins' turn

C20: origin unknown
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