• WordNet 3.6
    • n jobbery corruptness among public officials
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jobbery The act or practice of jobbing.
    • Jobbery Underhand management; official corruption; as, municipal jobbery .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jobbery 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Jobbery jobbing: unfair means employed to procure some private end
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Formerly gob—O. Fr. gob, a mouthful; from the same Celtic root as gobble.


In literature:

For Jobbery finds some baseness still For venal hands to do.
"Punch, or the London Charivari Volume 98, January 4, 1890" by Various
Its bonding privilege was one of the most disgraceful bits of jobbery ever lobbied through a corrupt little legislature.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
It would imply a central commission, which would only, as was suggested, give rise to jobbery and take power out of the natural hands.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
Would that be jobbery?
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Inefficiency and jobbery would mark the navy's management.
"The Day of Sir Wilfrid Laurier" by Oscar D. Skelton
In every department he discovers jobbery, waste and peculation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
It has gone down into a money-making jobbery.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 95, September 1865" by Various
To set up a constitution in such a place was a ridiculous mockery, and would only be another name for swindling and jobbery.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
The whole business is a piece of jobbery.
"The Man Who Rose Again" by Joseph Hocking
Jobbery and abuse of patronage would be still further prevented by making the duties sufficiently heavy.
"The Scientific Basis of National Progress" by George Gore

In poetry:

Come, let us on with the new deal,
Let us be done with pandars and jobbery,
Let us spit upon those who pat the big-bellies for profit,
Let us go out in the air a bit.
"Salutation The Third" by Ezra Pound