There are 3 main definitions of job in English:

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job 1

Pronunciation: /dʒɒb/


1A paid position of regular employment: the scheme could create 200 jobs a part-time job
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  • Landing a part-time job on campus as a peer counselor eased her money woes.
  • He said he wouldn't want to guide a Marine into a low-paying, dead-end job.
  • In Kabul, they usually have low-paying, menial jobs such as janitorial work.
position of employment, position, post, situation, place, appointment, posting, placement, day job;
occupation, profession, trade, career, work, field of work, line of work, line of business, means of livelihood, means of earning a living, walk of life, métier, pursuit, craft;
vacancy, opening;
Scottish  way
informal berth
Australian informal grip
archaic employ
2A task or piece of work, especially one that is paid: she wants to be left alone to get on with the job
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  • Inputting time spent and expenses incurred on jobs, activities or tasks is quick and easy.
  • Based on the TV series farm jobs, tasks, rewards, and unseen pieces from the programme were explored.
  • I wrote two pieces tonight for various jobs, but they both are thin, trembling, smelly things.
2.1A responsibility or duty: it’s our job to find things out
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  • This area is in my ward and it is my job to respond to the concerns of residents and raise them with council.
  • It is our job and our duty to promote recycling and we are slowly getting there.
  • The council has a duty to do its job and provide adequate services for the community.
2.2 [in singular] informal A difficult task: we thought you’d have a job getting there
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  • If Sligo had lost James Kearins would have had a real job on his hands to try and rally the troops for this one.
  • But to be truthful it is very dull at the moment and it's a real job to motivate myself to study.
  • If that's what the local conditions are like then we've got a real job on our hands.
difficult task, problem, trouble, struggle, strain, hard time, trial, bother
informal headache, hassle, performance, pain, hard mountain to climb, hard row to hoe
2.3 [with modifier] informal A procedure to improve the appearance of something: someone had done a skilful paint job
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  • Other maintenance jobs which will greatly improve the look of your lawn can also be done in spring.
  • Right now it's in the basement, spattered with paint, veteran of many home improvement jobs.
  • It's the most basic home improvement job, but also the one that delivers the most obvious results.
2.4 informal A crime, especially a robbery: a series of daring bank jobs
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  • Lastly, Neo didn't do a good job of providing an interesting mix of burglary tools for the jobs.
  • Splashy bank jobs, bombings, high profile murders - and nobody seems to be able to get a grip on it.
  • You know the blockers are doing theft jobs when Holmes consistently is getting by the initial wave of defenders.
2.5 Computing An operation or group of operations treated as a single and distinct unit: this feature allows your computer to queue print jobs
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  • The software automatically deploys a small agent program on each computer as scheduled defrag jobs begin.
  • ThinPrint offers software to sort out print jobs in internet and mobile environments.
  • You conceivably can use work queues for jobs other than bottom-half processing, however.
3 [with modifier] informal A thing of a specified nature: the car was a blue malevolent-looking job
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  • In Big Blogger's mind there is a camera though - why else would he be decked out in the old bow tie job?

verb (jobs, jobbing, jobbed)

1 [no object] (usually as adjective jobbing) Do casual or occasional work: a jobbing builder
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  • Before his fateful punch-up, Bardem had been an aspiring painter, part-time stripper and occasional jobbing actor.
  • There are the jobbing comics who do the circuit of the clubs.
  • So we need to set up a jobbing enterprise where skilled pensioners can do repairs and small jobs reasonably quickly and well.
2 [with object] Buy and sell (stocks) as a broker-dealer, especially on a small scale: his game plan is to buy in then job the shares on at a profit
3 [with object] North American informal Cheat; betray: he was jobbed by the Justice Department
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  • After getting jobbed by the BCS system and left out of the 2000 championship game, the Canes won it all in 2001 and lost in the title game in 2002.
  • Chris Andersen was jobbed by the people scoring the dunks.
  • As for Carmelo, I definitely don't feel like he was jobbed.
4 [no object] archaic Turn a public office or a position of trust to private advantage: if left unfettered he would job



between jobs

A euphemistic way of referring to a person being temporarily unemployed: public money should be used to lend a hand to people who find themselves between jobs
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  • For some, rebound ventures proved useful bridges between jobs.
  • There's a pause, then the guy says, "I think she was between jobs."
  • Transitional tax credits, permitting workers to carry health insurance between jobs.

big jobs

British informal A euphemistic way of referring to faeces or defecation.

do the job

informal Achieve the required result: a piece of board will do the job
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  • It did the job, but requires an extra hole being cut in your boat, plus cumbersome additional steps during fueling.
  • The ever-diminishing crew suddenly discover that the nukes on board just will not do the job.
  • But, he explains, it does the job required with a manageable amount of capital and sophistication.

give something up as a bad job

informal Decide that it is futile to devote further time or energy to something: he gave the whole thing up as a bad job
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  • Finally, though, just as I was about to give the whole expedition up as a bad job, and head for Charing Cross, I found her.
  • I managed to get it out of my eyes, but despite my best attempts, I could not get a trendy spiky-look going, and had to give it up as a bad job.
  • When this bloodletting didn't make him better, they didn't give it up as a bad job.

a good job

informal, chiefly British A fortunate fact or circumstance: it was a good job she hadn’t brought the car
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  • It predates Western medicine and has made a good job of maintaining the health of a huge population.
  • It was a good job for the former Melrose player, who knew that it was a rare chance to impress the selectors.
  • So its probably a good job that this is an anonymous blog, or my boss, the Great Leader would tell me off.

jobs for the boys

British derogatory Used in reference to the practice of giving paid employment to one’s friends, supporters, or relations: it smacks of jobs for the boys
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  • It calls for a register of interests for voluntary organisations so that we can know the extent of Labour nepotism and jobs for the boys.
  • This whole issue should be debated properly before we waste taxpayers' money on so many jobs for the boys.
  • Despite legends of Scottish tightness, it was sold very cheaply for cash-in-hand and the promise of jobs for the boys.

just the job

British informal Exactly what is needed: companionship from fellow walkers was just the job it is just the job for getting rid of stains
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  • Don't Dress For Dinner is just the job for cheering people up.
  • It's just the job, caring about catching people who commit crime.
  • Instead a gentler ascent seemed just the job, so I opted for the short, three-hour round trip to the top of 2,861-foot Moel Siabod, above Capel Curig.
the very thing, just the thing, just right, exactly what's needed
informal just what the doctor ordered, just the ticket
Australian informal just the glassy

make the best of a bad job

see best.

on the job

Pronunciation: /ˌɒn ðə ˈdʒɒb/
While working; at work: learning on the job should be part of studying my first day on the job
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  • We weren't the most dedicated employees, so we did a bit of learning on the job.
  • Six years into its tenure, this is a government that gives the impression of learning on the job.
  • Eichmann was adept at learning practical skills on the job, under the tutelage of seniors he respected.
British informal9.1 Engaged in sexual intercourse.
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  • Anyway, a young couple seems to have webcammed themselves on the job - deliberately or not.

out of a job

Unemployed; redundant: he has been out of a job for some time she could find herself out of a job
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  • She has been out of a job for more than a year and her unemployment benefits have run out.
  • The accusations were shown to be false, the case collapsed, but for the next five years Pepys was out of a job.
  • Not only are students deprived of the privilege of enjoying a social nightlife on campus, but many students are also out of a job.

Phrasal verbs

job something out

North American Assign separate elements of a piece of work to different companies or workers: all the work done by the middleman can be jobbed out at a much lower cost


Mid 16th century (in sense 2 of the noun): of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with job

blob, bob, cob, dob, fob, glob, gob, hob, lob, mob, nob, rob, slob, snob, sob, squab, stob, swab, throb, yob
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job 2

Pronunciation: /dʒɒb/

verb (jobs, jobbing, jobbed)

[with object]
1Prod or stab: he prepared to job the huge brute
1.1Thrust (something pointed) at or into something: immediately job a penknife into the throat


An act of prodding, thrusting, or wrenching.


Late Middle English: apparently symbolic of a brief forceful action (compare with jab).

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Job 3

Pronunciation: /dʒəʊb/
1(In the Bible) a prosperous man whose patience and piety were tried by undeserved misfortunes, and who, in spite of his bitter lamentations, remained confident in the goodness and justice of God.
1.1A book of the Bible telling of Job.

Words that rhyme with Job

daube, enrobe, globe, lobe, probe, robe, strobe
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