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Parkinson's Law

noun

Definition of PARKINSON'S LAW

1
:  an observation in office organization: the number of subordinates increases at a fixed rate regardless of the amount of work produced
2
:  an observation in office organization: work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion

Origin of PARKINSON'S LAW

C. Northcote Parkinson †1993 English historian
First Known Use: 1955

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