Buggins's turn

noun Brit. informal a system by which appointments or awards are made in rotation rather than by merit.
Origin
early 20th cent.: from Buggins, used to represent a typical surname.

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  • Buggin's turn — /bug inz/, Brit. promotion by seniority or rotation rather than merit. [1900 05; identity of the original Buggin or Buggins is obscure] …   Useful english dictionary

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