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job lot

noun
1.
a large, often assorted quantity of goods sold or handled as a single transaction.
2.
a miscellaneous quantity; a quantity of odds and ends.
Origin of job lot
1850-1855
First recorded in 1850-55
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Examples from the Web for job lot
Historical Examples
  • A job lot of curtains all tied together in a bundle went up.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • I, Thomas Talbot, do offer for sale one job lot of articles.

    Before the Dawn Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  • They were a job lot, accumulated to offset and counteract his influence.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man

    Marie Saltus
  • The Whites of his day there were what tradesmen call a job lot.

    The Long White Cloud

    William Pember Reeves
  • A job lot of precious jailbirds that I was acting as escort of, your Lordship!

    Half A Chance Frederic S. Isham
  • I made elaborate preparations for the capture of this job lot of phantoms upon the next anniversary of the fight.

    Humorous Ghost Stories Dorothy Scarborough
  • Hebrew—So help me, Abraham, I vould give a quarter for a job lot of dat stuff.

  • The others were photos of family groups, churches, etc., and they suggested in an unmistakeable way a “job lot” at an auction.

    By the Barrow River Edmund Leamy
  • As you know, ma'am, the servants here are a job lot; they don't know nothing about the house.

    From Out the Vasty Deep Mrs. Belloc Lowndes
  • job lot—An incomplete assortment of goods to be disposed of in a lump.

British Dictionary definitions for job lot

job lot

noun
1.
a miscellaneous collection of articles sold as a lot
2.
a collection of cheap or trivial items
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