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Parkinson's law

noun
1.
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
1950-1955
1950-55; after C. N. Parkinson
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Parkinson's law

noun
1.
the notion, expressed facetiously as a law of economics, that work expands to fill the time available for its completion
Word Origin
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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