/ˈbʌgənz/ (say 'buguhnz)

phrase Buggins' turn, British
a system of assigning jobs, etc., by rotation, rather than according to merit.
/ˈbʌgənz/ (say 'buguhnz)

Dale, 1961–81, Australian professional stunt motorcyclist.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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