Buggins' turn


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Buggins' turn

(ˈbʌɡɪnz) or

Buggins's turn

n
slang Brit the principle of awarding an appointment to members of a group in turn, rather than according to merit
[C20: origin unknown]
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Being the king or queen is a case of Buggins' turn.
At present it is simply Buggins' Turn that applies and we end up with the councillor next in line due to his length of service.