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noun [countable] British informal jobsworth pronunciation in British English /ˈdʒɒbzˌwɜː(r)θ/
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  1. showing disapproval someone who always obeys the rules of their job exactly, even when it would be more sensible not to
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From an expression which people like this might typically use: ‘It’s more than my job’s worth’ (=I might lose my job if I did what you want).

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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