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[ job ]


  1. a piece of work, especially a specific task done as part of the routine of one's occupation or for an agreed price:

    She gave him the job of mowing the lawn.

  2. a post of employment; full-time or part-time position:

    She was seeking a job as an editor.

  3. anything a person is expected or obliged to do; duty; responsibility:

    It is your job to be on time.

  4. an affair, matter, occurrence, or state of affairs:

    to make the best of a bad job.

  5. the material, project, assignment, etc., being worked upon:

    The housing project was a long and costly job.

  6. the process or requirements, details, etc., of working:

    It was a tedious job.

  7. the execution or performance of a task:

    She did a good job.

  8. Informal. a medical procedure or operation performed to improve the appearance of a specified part of the body (used in combination):

    a nose job; a boob job to enlarge her breasts.

  9. Slang. a theft or similar criminal action:

    The police caught the gang that pulled that bank job.

  10. a public or official act or decision carried through for the sake of improper private gain.
  11. Slang. an example of a specific or distinctive type:

    That little six-cylinder job was the best car I ever owned.

    That guy sure is a good-looking job.

  12. Computers. a unit of work for a computer, generally comprising an application program or group of related programs and the data, linkages, and instructions to the operating system needed for running the programs.

verb (used without object)

, jobbed, job·bing.
  1. to work at jobs or odd pieces of work; work by the piece.
  2. to do business as a jobber.
  3. to turn public business, planning, etc., improperly to private gain.

verb (used with object)

, jobbed, job·bing.
  1. to assign or give (work, a contract for work, etc.) in separate portions, as among different contractors or workers (often followed by out ):

    He jobbed out the contract to a number of small outfits.

  2. to buy in large quantities, as from wholesalers or manufacturers, and sell to dealers in smaller quantities:

    He jobs shoes in Ohio and Indiana.

  3. to get rid of or dispose of:

    His party jobbed him when he sought a second term in office.

  4. to swindle or trick (someone):

    They jobbed him out of his property.

  5. to carry on (public or official business) for improper private gain.


  1. of or for a particular job or transaction.
  2. bought, sold, or handled together:

    He's too big a customer to buy in less than job quantities.



[ job ]

verb (used with or without object)

, jobbed, job·bing,
  1. poke; thrust; punch.



[ johb ]


  1. the central figure in an Old Testament parable of the righteous sufferer.
  2. a book of the Bible bearing his name.
  3. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “persecuted.”



/ dʒɒb /


  1. an individual piece of work or task
  2. an occupation; post of employment
  3. an object worked on or a result produced from working
  4. a duty or responsibility

    her job was to cook the dinner

  5. informal.
    a difficult task or problem

    I had a job to contact him

  6. a state of affairs

    it's a good job I saw you

    make the best of a bad job

  7. informal.
    a damaging piece of work

    he really did a job on that

  8. informal.
    a crime, esp a robbery or burglary
  9. informal.
    an article or specimen

    the new car was a nice little job

  10. an instance of jobbery
  11. computing a unit of work for a computer consisting of a single complete task submitted by a user
  12. jobs for the boys
    appointments given to or created for allies or favourites
  13. on the job
    1. actively engaged in one's employment
    2. engaged in sexual intercourse
  14. just the job
    exactly what was required
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  1. intr to work by the piece or at casual jobs
  2. to make a private profit out of (a public office, etc)
  3. intrusually foll byin
    1. to buy and sell (goods or services) as a middleman

      he jobs in government surplus

    2. to buy and sell stocks and shares as a stockjobber

      he jobs in blue chips

  4. troften foll byout to apportion (a contract, work, etc) among several contractors, workers, etc
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/ dʒəʊb /


  1. Old Testament
    1. a Jewish patriarch, who maintained his faith in God in spite of the afflictions sent by God to test him
    2. the book containing Job's pleas to God under these afflictions, attempted explanations of them by his friends, and God's reply to him
  2. any person who withstands great suffering without despairing
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  1. In the Old Testament , a man whose faith was severely tested by Satan , with God's permission. Job was the most prosperous and happy of men, who faithfully praised God for God's goodness. In order to get him to curse God, Satan destroyed all that Job owned, killed his children, and struck Job himself with vile sores from head to foot. False friends of Job's suggested that he should abandon his beliefs ( see Job's comforters ). But even in absolute misery, Job would not curse God, saying instead, “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: blessed be the name of the Lord.” As a reward for his steadfast faith, God healed Job and “gave him twice as much as he had before.”

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Figuratively, any long-suffering person can be said to be “as patient as Job.”
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Word History and Origins

Origin of job1

First recorded in 1620–30; origin uncertain

Origin of job2

First recorded in 1475–1500; late Middle English jobben “to jab, thrust, peck, poke”; further origin uncertain
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Word History and Origins

Origin of job1

C16: of uncertain origin
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Idioms and Phrases

  1. do a job on, Slang.
    1. to destroy, defeat, damage, or confound thoroughly:

      The thugs did a job on him—he'll be in the hospital for a month.

    2. to deceive, persuade, or charm glibly; snow.
  2. on the job, alert; observant:

    The cops were on the job and caught them red-handed.

More idioms and phrases containing job

see do a job on ; hatchet man (job) ; lie down (on the job) ; on the job ; put-up job ; snow job ; soft job .
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Synonym Study

See task. See position.
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Example Sentences

They’re very upset that we’ve done such a good job with the vaccine.

College students, searching for a way to get job-ready, flocked to the platform from Northern Italy to South-East Asia, to all over the United States.

It’s hard not to be happy with the job we’re doing, that I can tell you.

If those are attributable to the novel coronavirus, we’ve already moved out of good-job territory.

After a pause during lockdown, lenders from Citigroup to HSBC Holdings have restarted cuts, taking gross losses announced this year to a combined 63,785 jobs, according to a Bloomberg analysis of filings.

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Then add in all bored people, as well as people whose job it is to report on celebrities.

That officer fretting about his “stance,” we learn, is plagued by PTSD that cripples him both on the job and at home.

Eric Garcetti succeeded Villaraigosa and has received high marks in his first year and a half on the job.

“I love my job and I love my city and I am committed to the work here,” he said in a statement.

It has nothing to do with the regulatory job he is nominated for.

Elyon is the name of an ancient Phœnician god, slain by his son El, no doubt the “first-born of death” in Job xviii.

Thus was the man left entirely to the devil, not even his life being reserved, as in the case of Job.

The majority pick up a job when they can, but are inevitably idle and suffering two-thirds of the time.

I'm somewhat puzzled to know why they didn't stand pat and make a clean job of us both.

I have recently found out that she was christened Tabitha—or, anyhow, would have been, if the clergyman had known his job.


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