jobsworth

/ (ˈdʒɒbzˌwɜːθ) /

noun

informal a person in a position of minor authority who invokes the letter of the law in order to avoid any action requiring initiative, cooperation, etc

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Word Origin for jobsworth

C20: from it's more than my job's worth to …
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