mission creep

noun

the tendency for a task, esp a military operation, to become unintentionally wider in scope than its initial objectives

Nearby words

  1. missing link,
  2. missing mass,
  3. missiology,
  4. mission,
  5. mission control,
  6. mission specialist,
  7. mission statement,
  8. mission viejo,
  9. missionary,
  10. missionary apostolic

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