jobsworth

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From the phrase "It's more than my job's worth to ..."

Coined in the 1960s by the British/South African singer/songwriter Jeremy Taylor, in his eponymous song.

Noun[edit]

jobsworth (plural jobsworths)

  1. (chiefly UK) A minor worker who refuses to be flexible in the application of rules to help a client or customer.