Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Corruption among public officials.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun corruptness among public officials

Etymologies

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

[From job.]

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, Complete

  • 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 Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Gilbert Parker

  • 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

  • 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?

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