An official who upholds petty rules even at the expense of humanity or common sense: parks abound with jobsworths who delight in yelling that you can’t do that without special permission
More example sentences
- This bore was regaling anyone who cared to listen with the story of how an officious jobsworth had refused him admission to some function or other.
- I fear this is just down to jobsworths and political correctness.
- Grandmas were unable to visit grandchildren; lovers were separated by the jobsworths at the ‘Bloodcheck’ booths.
1970s: from ‘it's more than my job's worth (not) to’.