Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Corruption among public officials.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The improper or corrupt act or conduct of public or official business for the sake of private gain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or practice of jobbing.
  • n. Underhand management; official corruption.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or practice of jobbing; unfair and underhand means used to procure some private end; specifically, the act of perverting public service to private gain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. corruptness among public officials

Etymologies

From job1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Thinks I to myself, this is what Mr. Hume would have, in the Commons House, called jobbery, and a poor kind of job it turned out; for, on inspecting the lime juice at Port Royal, some of it was condemned as unfit for use.

    A Sailor of King George

  • Addressing a business breakfast attended by several former mayors in Somerset West, he claimed the ANC/NNP had even resorted to bribery and intimidation and the worst kind of "jobbery".

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • One can bear coldly the jobbery of enemies, but not that of friends, and to Adams this kind of jobbery seemed always infinitely worse than all the petty money bribes ever exploited by the newspapers.

    Silence (1894–1898)

  • Unlike other towns of the West, it was insanitary and uneducated; it was also given to nepotism and a primitive kind of jobbery; but, on the whole, it was honest.

    The World for Sale, Volume 1.

  • I want to make it quite clear that I shall never tolerate any kind of jobbery, nepotism or any influence directly or indirectly brought to bear upon me.

    Bloggers.Pakistan

  • Even complete nut-jobbery is fascinatingly entertaining.

    Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points [151] -- Obama's Speech

  • Dems have been elevating Tea Party whack-jobbery for months now.

    Will the Dems' Tea Party strategy work?

  • Though there are good reasons to wonder how effective it is, Dems have doubled down on a strategy of relentlessly elevating Tea Party whack-jobbery to turn moderates independents against the GOP.

    Will Glenn Beck rally help Dems tar GOP as extreme?

  • Reason being is that Petraeus is a smart guy - one doubts he seriously subscribes to the notion that corruption is some inherently Afghan deformity, especially considering a cursory reading of history informs that prior to the Soviet invasion in 1979 jobbery was no worse in Afghanistan than it was in the United States when, odds are, graft was worse in Chicago than Kabul.

    Michael Hughes: Afghanistan Corrupted by U.S. and 30 Years of Foreign Meddling

  • It was necessary to make appeals to the public which would bring quite other motives to the support of the enterprise and win the consent of classes who would never consent to either financial or political jobbery.

    The Curious Case of Barack Obama - John Parisella - Macleans.ca

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