Definition of Buggins’ turn noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Buggins’ turn

BrE BrE//ˈbʌɡɪnz tɜːn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌɡɪnz tɜːrn//
; BrE BrE//ˈbʌɡɪnzɪz tɜːn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌɡɪnzɪz tɜːrn//
[uncountable] (British English, informal)
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used to refer to the way in which it sometimes seems that people get jobs or are promoted not because they are good at what they do, but because they have been doing it for longer than anybody else Word Originearly 20th cent.: from Buggins, used to represent a typical surname.