Buggins-s-turn meaning

(idiomatic, UK) The appointment of a person by rotation or promotion, on the basis of length of service (it being that person's "turn") rather than merit or level of qualification.

He will be appointed on the principle of Buggins's turn.

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Origin of buggins-s-turn

  • Earliest recorded use is by Admiral Fisher, later First Sea Lord, in a 1901 letter.
    From Wiktionary