verb (used without object), jobbed, job·bing.
verb (used with object), jobbed, job·bing.
- to destroy, defeat, damage, or confound thoroughly: The thugs did a job on him—he'll be in the hospital for a month.
- to deceive, persuade, or charm glibly; snow.
Origin of job1
Synonyms for job
verb (used with or without object), jobbed, job·bing, noun
Origin of job2
Examples from the Web for job
Contemporary Examples of job
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.
However, legal issues are only one of the things standing between an ex-prisoner and a job.
Having a criminal record can reduce the likelihood of getting a callback or job offer by 50 percent.
The odds of getting re-arrested are a lot slimmer if a person has a job.
Historical Examples of job
I wish our job was finished and we were going the other way.Wyndham's Pal
Our job is to get the Doctor down here to look at that prize specimen before it moves off to the Deep Hole.The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
The long and short of it is that the matchmaking luminary had cut Reb Feive out of his job.The Imported Bridegroom
"He should be pretty quick in getting through the job," observed Barbican, the first as usual to recover tranquillity.All Around the Moon
I've noticed he don't work at the job much without he's gettin' something out of it.A Woman of Genius
- actively engaged in one's employment
- British tabooengaged in sexual intercourse
verb jobs, jobbing or jobbed
- to buy and sell (goods or services) as a middlemanhe jobs in government surplus
- Britishto buy and sell stocks and shares as a stockjobberhe jobs in blue chips
Word Origin for job
- a Jewish patriarch, who maintained his faith in God in spite of the afflictions sent by God to test him
- the book containing Job's pleas to God under these afflictions, attempted explanations of them by his friends, and God's reply to him
1550s, in phrase jobbe of worke "piece of work" (contrasted with continuous labor), of uncertain origin, perhaps a variant of gobbe "mass, lump" (c.1400; see gob) via sense of "a cart-load." Sense of "work done for pay" first recorded 1650s. Thieves' slang sense of "theft, robbery, a planned crime" is from 1722. Printing sense is from 1795. Slang meaning "specimen, thing, person" is from 1927.
job. (1) A low mean lucrative busy affair. (2) Petty, piddling work; a piece of chance work. [Johnson's Dictionary]
On the job "hard at work" is from 1882. Job lot is from obsolete sense of "cartload, lump," which might also ultimately be from gob. Job security attested by 1954; job description by 1920; job-sharing by 1972.
Biblical masc. proper name, from Hebrew Iyyobh, which according to some scholars is literally "hated, persecuted," from ayyabh "he was hostile to," related to ebhah "enmity." Others say it means "the penitent one."
1660s, "to buy and sell as a broker," from job (n.). Meaning "to cheat, betray" is from 1903. Related: Jobbed; jobbing.
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.”
see do a job on; hatchet man (job); lie down (on the job); on the job; put-up job; snow job; soft job.