mission creep

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mission creep

n
the tendency for a task, esp a military operation, to become unintentionally wider in scope than its initial objectives
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Since the Mission Creeps played Sam Bond's last October, the ghoul group has recorded a new six-song disc that will be available on this tour.
Americans continue dying in Iraq, but their mission creeps steadily downward.
Here at home the war mission creeps into daily life.

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