mission creep


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 Additionally, border-security bureaus can suffer from a kind of mission creep, preventing workers from being more productive in other jobs. WSJ, 7 June 2022 The pursuit of a decisive win by Ukraine and Putin’s decisive loss would constitute another example of mission creep. Michael Krepon, Forbes, 2 May 2022 For government regulators, mission creep like that is to die for. WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 Fears that a comprehensive approach to disease prevention coordinated by the White House would fuel mission creep take a myopic view of how complex public health threats evolve. Arush Lal, STAT, 23 Feb. 2022 Finnish officials say that Mr. Niinisto sheds his diplomatic modesty in private, and is known for his long political memory, cutting style and mission creep. New York Times, 13 Feb. 2022 Carefully monitoring ‘mission creep’ vs. ‘mission clarity’ will also serve as a critical and ongoing guidepost. Brandon Busteed, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 In turn, the Fed should halt its mission creep into fiscal policy and stay out of unrelated partisan congressional debate. Jeb Hensarling, WSJ, 17 Jan. 2022 Telecom lobbyists have suggested the proposals create the possibility of mission creep away from a focus on quickly answering crisis calls. Ryan Tracy, WSJ, 5 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mission creep

1991, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jun 2022

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“Mission creep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mission%20creep. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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