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

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


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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