civil servant

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civil servant (plural civil servants)

  1. A person employed in the civil service; a government employee.
    • 2013 August 10, Schumpeter, “Cronies and capitols”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8848:
      Policing the relationship between government and business in a free society is difficult. Businesspeople have every right to lobby governments, and civil servants to take jobs in the private sector.
    • 2020 April 8, David Clough, “How the West Coast wiring war was won”, in Rail, page 61:
      Civil servants in the MoT gave a fresh note of caution to the Minister concerning BR's estimates, because those for electrification from Euston had gone from a budgeted £75m to an actual £160m.