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
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British Dictionary definitions for 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 for Parkinson's law
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
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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