mission creep

noun

Definition of mission creep

: the gradual broadening of the original objectives of a mission or organization

Examples of mission creep in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Continually measuring results against a constant yardstick of your original goals and vision prevents you from wasting valuable resources on mission creep. Thom Gruhler, Forbes, 13 May 2021 But after years of restraining government growth, the committee has experienced significant mission creep of its own, expanding its purview into city and county administration, local law enforcement agency mergers and into time itself. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, 1 Apr. 2021 This path is offered as an alternative to retaining a small counterterrorism presence that will inevitably fall prey to mission creep. Adam Weinstein, Time, 23 Mar. 2021 The mission creep is enabled by a sense that central banks can and should do more, given their firepower and competence compared with some other government officials. The Economist, 13 Mar. 2021 In terms of a directly painterly manifestation that isn’t weighed down by conceptual mission creep, Thompson’s show may remind viewers of what drew them to art in the first place. Christopher Mosley, Dallas News, 21 Jan. 2021 The impact of this mental-health mission creep is clear. Carolyn D. Gorman, National Review, 4 Sep. 2020 In Portland, many critics saw a new instance of DHS mission creep, as America’s sprawling domestic security apparatus turned its focus inward to intervene in street-level politics. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2020 Due to decades of shortsighted political decisions, the police have been subjected to endless mission creep. WSJ, 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of mission creep

1991, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2021

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“Mission creep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mission%20creep. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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