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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A NORTH-EAST train traveller who forced the cancellation of a London-bound train after becoming abusive towards a ticket collector, calling her a "jobsworth", has been ordered to pay his victim PS1,000 compensation.
A COUNCIL has been accused of creating an unnecessary "jobsworth position" by electing a role for councillors at a cost of PS22,000.
I can think of no better word to describe those jobsworth MPs who are happy to jettison their principles and jeopardise the economic prospects of millions in the name of 'respecting the referendum result.'.
It didn't get done when it was supposed to and I've reported it twice and it's still full Martin Nutter Emptying them would be a good idea too Martin Steer Headline: Rubbish Jobsworth Ensures Strike Melvin Gray
Simon Williams, of the RAC, said: "It's parking enforcement gone mad Whoever is operating these cameras must be a real jobsworth."
Also posting on Facebook were: Stuart Harris, who said: "Some jobsworth in the Home Office needs the sack.
It would be a terrible thing to say, but I'll bet thousands of people have said, what would these idiots do if a patient in one of these ambulances was one of their relatives who have been forced by a council 'jobsworth' to wait patiently in a queue whilst the patient dies inside the ambulance?
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.