Parkinson's law


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Parkinson's Law

n.
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.]

Parkinson's law

n
(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]

Par′kinson's law′

(or Law′),


n.
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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
Translations

Parkinson's law

[ˈpɑːkɪnsənzˌlɔː] Nley f de Parkinson

Parkinson's Law

[ˈpɑˌkɪnsənzˌlɔː] nlegge 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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As we all know, according to Parkinson's Law, "Work expands to fit the time available for its completion.
Parkinson's Law - "If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute to do" observed Cyril Northcote Parkinson.
Billions in European money has been "frittered" away already, and unless there is a firm approach to change this mentality, Parkinson's Law will prevail and the state will continue to expand and drain public taxes.
As Parkinson's Law states so accurately: "Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.
3) Parkinson (1909-93) had become world-famous as the author of Parkinson's Law (1958), notable for the dictum, actually coined by him a few years earlier, that "work expands to fill the time available for its completion.
Review Parkinson's Law in "The 4-Hour Workweek" and force yourself to cram within tight hours so your per-hour productivity doesn't fall through the floor.
Well, if that proves anything, it is only Parkinson's Law, which states that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
But whilst providing the perfect example of Parkinson's Law - work expanding to the limit available - one grumpy crew member declared as he put the practice courts to bed, only his second piece of action of the day mind you: "I dae know anyfin' about tennis, I only knows about shrubs.
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Seneca thus pre-empted Parkinson's Law that says, 'work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
Murphy's Law and Parkinson's Law have both contributed to an Olympics Law which says the bigger a thing becomes, the more problems it attracts and the sooner it hastens its own demise.
To my understanding, this is in one sense a generalization of Parkinson's Law, "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion" (C.

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