Origin of on-the-job
Definition for on the job (2 of 2)
verb (used without object), jobbed, job·bing.
verb (used with object), jobbed, job·bing.
Origin of job1
British Dictionary definitions for on the job (1 of 2)
- actively engaged in one's employment
- British taboo engaged in sexual intercourse
verb jobs, jobbing or jobbed
- to buy and sell (goods or services) as a middlemanhe jobs in government surplus
- British to buy and sell stocks and shares as a stockjobberhe jobs in blue chips
Word Origin for job
British Dictionary definitions for on the job (2 of 2)
- 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
Culture definitions for on the job
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.”
Idioms and Phrases with on the job (1 of 2)
on the job
At work, busy, as in We've got three men on the job. [Late 1800s]
Paying close attention, alert, as in Trust Jim to find out the details—he's always on the job.
Idioms and Phrases with on the job (2 of 2)
see do a job on; hatchet man (job); lie down (on the job); on the job; put-up job; snow job; soft job.