jobsworth


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jobsworth

(ˈdʒɒbzˌwɜːθ)
n
informal a person in a position of minor authority who invokes the letter of the law in order to avoid any action requiring initiative, cooperation, etc
[C20: from it's more than my job's worth to …]
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jobsworth

n (inf pej)Paragrafenreiter(in) m(f)
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RUMOUR has it that outgoing Doctor Who Peter Capaldi wants to play jobsworth bus inspector Cyril a remake of the 70s sitcom On The Buses.
They ask - Why be a jobsworth when a jobsworth has lost its value.
PRESUMABLY some jobsworth at Newcastle Civic Centre thought it would be a great money-saving idea to oblige the refuse and recycling workers to work their full hours, until four o'clock.
I don't mind paying the full parking fee during a day's visit, but I think this late on a wet and windy Sunday smacks of some vindictive council jobsworth.
You're joining the exodus," says a jobsworth in HR.
She's furious when someone runs off with her market stall stock and jobsworth Aleks tells her she's lost her pitch, and with it her source of income.
Yorkshire MP Nigel Adams fumed: "He has done a tremendous amount of work for charity and has a lot of support on the floor of the Commons, but it sounds as if some jobsworth numpty has let his pen get carried away.
Supernatural proves to be the escapist release that transforms Sims fans from house-proud, toilet-flushing, virtual jobsworth entities into true fantasy extensions of themselves.
My pals slept on the mail train; I shivered on a station seat until a jobsworth British Rail official read the riot act at 5am.
Mason accuses Merseytravel of "hiding behind all kinds of jobsworth rules which are irrelevant" in failing to provide additional services on the Liverpool-Warrington number 6 bus route ("Improve bus links", November 2).
It's always nice to see a pretty face but that fades pretty quickly if she turns out to be a crabbit, unhelpful jobsworth who cares more about her lipstick than the passengers.
The jobsworth didn't recognise her and made her wait until someone came to get her," The Mirror quoted a source as saying.