jobsworth

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jobsworth

Pronunciation /ˈdʒɒbzwəːθ/
noun
informal, derogatory British
An official who upholds petty rules even at the expense of humanity or common sense.

Origin
1970s from ‘it’s more than my job’s worth (not) to’.

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Rising to his level of incompetence, Joseph became a jobsworth as a middle manager resulting in departmental dissatisfaction and high turnover.

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