Managerial term used to descibed a fuck up commited by themselves
Why wasn't more whiskey ordered???...''It was an oversight''
by thefullronnie August 31, 2011
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When you make a serious mistake but you don't want to admit that you fucked up, you say that "there was an oversight." Used in a professional setting as a futile attempt to make serious errors sound better.

"There was an oversight, alright? I didn't know the gun was loaded"
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A major screwup for which nobody is willing to accept the blame. The error isn't important enought to the person who made the mistake to acknowledge; however, the victim of the error suffers greatly. A meaningless apology may be offered. A prime example of Doublespeak.
"We will add your pay raise beginning next week. The paperwork was mismanaged. We apologize for this involuntary oversight.
by Vacuityofmind October 22, 2013
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Citation Oversight is weasel wording for admission of plagiarism. It is a cowardly way of admitting plagiarism by professors in top-ranked universities who have purloined ideas from others, but a claim of 'citation oversight' as opposed to an admission of plagiarism protects the professors from being fired from their jobs. Note that this protection mechanism is a privilege which is available only to White Professors and Black professors who plagiarize will be promptly fired from their jobs.
Q: Dude, did you hear about the plagiarism charge against Prof. McD of the ivy league university who lifted ideas from a newspaper? A: Yeah, he was a White guy and so the university officials declared it a case of 'citation oversight' and let him off.
by enviroscientist September 01, 2020
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The opposite of "to pull a POWELL", which means to leak sensitive information, causing sever problems for Apple Coorporation! The ability to prevent one from "pulling a Powell".
Dude, you almost left that prototype smart phone on the counter, but my Powell-oversight snatched it off the counter before any Geeks got a look.
by P_008 July 29, 2010
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