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Idioms about job

    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.
    on the job, alert; observant: The cops were on the job and caught them red-handed.

Origin of job

First recorded in 1620–30; origin uncertain

synonym study for job

1. See task. 2. See position.

Other definitions for job (2 of 3)

[ job ]
/ dʒɒb /

verb (used with or without object), noun jobbed, job·bing,
poke; thrust; punch.

Origin of job

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

Other definitions for job (3 of 3)

[ johb ]
/ dʒoʊb /

the central figure in an Old Testament parable of the righteous sufferer.
a book of the Bible bearing his name.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “persecuted.”
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How to use job in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for job (1 of 2)

/ (dʒɒb) /

verb jobs, jobbing or jobbed

Word Origin for job

C16: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for job (2 of 2)

/ (dʒəʊb) /

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
any person who withstands great suffering without despairing
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Cultural definitions for job

[ (johb) ]

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.”

notes for Job

Figuratively, any long-suffering person can be said to be “as patient as Job.”
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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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