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odd-job

[od-job] /ˈɒdˌdʒɒb/
verb (used without object), odd-jobbed, odd-jobbing.
1.
to work at a series of unrelated or unspecialized jobs, often of a low-paying or menial nature.
Origin of odd-job
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60
Related forms
odd jobber, odd-jobber, noun
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  • Two days he'd paint, and two days he'd odd-job, and two days he'd fish.

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  • Tony went to cleanse his hands, leaving the odd-job man chuckling.

    The Gay Adventure Richard Bird
  • "Lots," replied the odd-job man, pressing closer to the hedge.

    The Gay Adventure Richard Bird
  • The odd-job man mildly whispered the equivalent of "How very annoying!"

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  • They become villa parasites and odd-job men, and grow basely rich and buy gramophones.

  • Besides this, he had glided into a sort of apprenticeship to the odd-job line of business, and was very useful to his principal.

    Ishmael

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • These, with a few hands at lambing time, and two or three odd-job men at the central station, make up the whole staff.

  • Regardless of Mrs. Peters' late instructions, the odd-job man dropped a generous portion of grass and stood transfixed.

    The Gay Adventure Richard Bird
  • Probably truth was partly expressed by the odd-job man in words—wholly expressed by his words and inflection.

    The Gay Adventure Richard Bird
  • The odd-job man, congratulating himself on extraordinary cunning, bent forward and essayed a kiss of welcome.

    The Gay Adventure Richard Bird

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