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mission creep

The gradual expansion or widening in scope of a project, action, or task, especially a military operation, beyond its initial goal or objective. More...

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mission creep — The gradual expansion or widening in scope of a project, action, or task, especially a military operation, beyond its initial goal or objective.
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mission creep
Usage Notes:
- Mission creep is usually considered undesirable due to the dangerous path of each success breeding more ambitious attempts, only stopping when a final, often catastrophic, failure occurs. The term was originally applied exclusively to military operations but has recently been applied to many different fields.
- The phrase first appeared in articles concerning the United Nations peacekeeping mission during the Somali Civil War in the Washington Post on April 15, 1993, and in the New York Times on October 10, 1993. - https://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/mission+creep

Some further concepts and usages applications:
- Feature creep is an analogous phenomenon in software engineering.
- Scope creep is an analogous phenomenon in project management.
- Ratchet effect is the inability of a system to reduce its scope once it expands.
- Bracket creep is the slow movement of lower income individuals to higher tax brackets as a result of inflation.
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