job·​bery ˈjä-b(ə-)rē How to pronounce jobbery (audio)
: the improper use of public office or conduct of public business for private gain : the act or practice of jobbing (see job entry 2 sense intransitive 2)
They were a middling and lower-middling group, for the most part, willing to accept that jobbery, nepotism, and cronyism were an expected part of government and society, but not to the degree insisted upon by Suffolk and his brutal henchmen.Joel T. Rosenthal

Examples of jobbery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The immorality, jobbery and mismanagement Cornwallis contended with in India can hardly be exaggerated. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, 21 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of jobbery was in 1769

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“Jobbery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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