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Any of several satirical observations propounded as economic laws, especially "Work expands to fill the time available for its completion."
[After Cyril Northcote Parkinson (1909-1993), British historian.]
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(Economics) the notion, expressed facetiously as a law of economics, that work expands to fill the time available for its completion
[C20: named after C. N. Parkinson (1909–93), British historian and writer, who formulated it]
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any of various statements about business and office management expressed facetiously as if a law of physics, as the statement that work expands to fill the time allotted for its completion.
[1950–55; after C. Northcote Parkinson (born 1909), English historian, who proposed them]
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|Noun||1.||Parkinson's law - C. Northcote Parkinson's cynical observation that work will expand so as to fill the time available for its completion|
|2.||Parkinson's law - C. Northcote Parkinson's cynical observation that the number of subordinates in an organization will increase linearly regardless of the amount of work to be done|
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Parkinson's law[ˈpɑːkɪnsənzˌlɔː] N → ley f de Parkinson
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
Parkinson's Law[ˈpɑˌkɪnsənzˌlɔː] n → legge f di Parkinson (secondo la quale il tempo necessario a fare qualcosa tende ad allungarsi per riempire il tempo a disposizione)
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