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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Definitions for jobbery

  1. The conduct of public or official business for the sake of improper private gain.

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Citations for jobbery
To a large portion of the people who frequent Washington or dwell there, the ultra fashion, the shoddy, the jobbery are as utterly distasteful as they would be in a refined New England City. Mark Twain, The gilded age and later novels
Casting about for some way of breaking through this vicious circle, he saw but one expedient - to wit, some great service to be rendered to the government, or some profitable bit of jobbery. Honoré de Balzac, The Unconscious Mummers
Origin of jobbery
1825-1835
Jobbery combines the sense of job and robbery and reflects the historically negative connotation of job, whose definition may derive from gob, as in "a mass or lump."
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