Parkinson's law

Parkinson's law

noun
the statement, expressed facetiously as if a law of physics, that work expands to fill the time allotted for its completion.
Also, Parkinson's Law.


Origin:
1950–55; after C. N. Parkinson

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Parkinson's law
 
n
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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Parkinson's Law
1955 (in the "Economist" of Nov. 19), named for its deviser, British historian and journalist Cyril Northcote Parkinson (1909-1993): "work expands to fill the time available for its completion."
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Parkinson's Law definition


A law propounded by the twentieth-century British scholar C. Northcote Parkinson. It states, “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.”

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