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soft job

An easy job or task, as in He really has a soft job—his assistants do nearly all the work. This colloquial expression uses soft in the sense of “involving little or no hardship or discomfort.” It was first put as soft employment in 1639.
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  • I want the shanty t' live in so I kin git a soft job at the fisheries.

  • He gave me one look and said, "Don't get funny, this is a soft job for you."

  • Prior to this campaign, the Army Medical Corps was always looked upon as a soft job.

    Five Months at Anzac Joseph Lievesley Beeston
  • A sinecure, you remark disparagingly, or (with an envious inflection) a soft job.

    The Gay Adventure Richard Bird
  • Now an embusqu is a slacker who lies in the safe ambush of a soft job.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • He was piling it on so that when the next Christmas-tree comes along, he may find a soft job waiting for him.

    A Duet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The 'soft job' had had a rough time, a combination and chapter of sea and war hazard.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • Already he was looking back ruefully to the time when he had supposed that an artist's model had a soft job.

    Indiscretions of Archie P. G. Wodehouse
  • soft job like this one wot we've nicked on ter ain't goin' ter slip through 'is fingers fer a little tongue-waggin'.

  • I'm in the furniture-movin' line myself; but Scratcher told me this 'ere was a soft job, an' so I took it on. '

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins

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