• 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
The Pale, reduced as it was in extent and weakly defended, was in itself a nest of misrule, jobbery, and corruption.
"Irish History and the Irish Question" by Goldwin Smith
He who would be firm in an age of cowardice, he who would be just in an age of jobbery, cannot fail to be calumniated.
"Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I." by Charles James Lever
Notwithstanding, torches have since yesterday become the subject of some very swindling jobbery.
"The Chief Justice" by Karl Emil Franzos
His scorn of all pettiness made him disdain jobbery, and even the subtler arts of parliamentary manipulation.
"Lord Chatham" by Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
He certainly was audacious in his demands, but he was a king in jobbery.
"The Commercial Restraints of Ireland" by John Hely Hutchinson
If prevailing opinion is of any value, it was even impossible for an industry to succeed except by political jobbery.
"The Argentine as a Market" by N. L. Watson
The jobbery was awful.
"A Sovereign Remedy" by Flora Annie Steel
He had a stern love of justice, and a determined hatred of everything savouring of jobbery or dishonesty.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 7" by Various
Glaring instances of jobbery and favouritism are so universally known that it is unnecessary to quote examples.
"With the Zionists in Gallipoli" by John Henry Patterson
Political jobbery was regarded as inevitable.
"Behind the Throne" by William Le Queux

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