Buggins' turn


      • Taking turns in a predetermined order
        Referring to a fair and equal way to distribute opportunities or responsibilities among a group of people, often used in a sarcastic or resentful manner

      • Receiving something reluctantly or as a last resort
        Expressing frustration or disappointment at being chosen for a task or receiving something undesirable due to being the last option or having no other choice

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      The idiom "Buggins' turn" is used to describe the concept of taking turns in a predetermined order, often in a sarcastic or resentful manner. It can also refer to receiving something reluctantly or as a last resort, expressing frustration or disappointment.

      Origin of "Buggins' turn"

      The origin of this idiom can be traced back to the mid-19th century in England. It is believed to have originated from the card game "Whist," where players would take turns in a fixed order. The term "Buggins" or "Buggins' turn" was used to refer to the last player in the rotation, who would always receive the worst cards and therefore have the least chance of winning.

      Over time, the term evolved to be used in a wider context, beyond just card games. It became a way to describe any situation where someone was chosen last or as a last resort. The use of the word "Buggins" also added a hint of resentment or sarcasm, as being the last choice was not seen as desirable.

      Today, the idiom "Buggins' turn" is still commonly used in British English, often in a lighthearted manner to describe taking turns or being chosen for something reluctantly. It is also occasionally used in other English-speaking countries, but may not be as widely recognized.