Word of the Day: Job
job / jŏb
1. a task or assignment
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Aristotle, 384BC – 322BC
2. a single piece of work done for a contracted fee
A leak of air conditioning fluid may be the symptom of an expensive repair job but it isn’t dangerous to wait while you comparison shop.
Cia McAlarney, “5 Ways to Avoid a Car Repair Scam” ‘Hamlet Hub’, https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/2-5-ways-to-avoid-a-car-scam, October 23, 213
3. one’s position of employment; one’s occupation
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Confucius, 551 BC – 479 BC
4. duty or responsibility
Education is the single most important job of the human race.
George Lucas, 1944 –
5. a particularly difficult chore or problem that requires great effort
Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
Winston Churchill, 1874 – 1965
6. the object being worked on or the product of work
Websites are a big job – even full-service agencies can be kept busy for months on some custom website projects.
“Why a Website is not a DIY Project” ‘Sherpa Marketing’, www.sherpamarketing.ca/why-a-website-is-not-a-diy-project-495, accessed 7-29-2020
7. surgery done to improve one’s appearance
I laugh at it now, but one time I had an agent tell me I would never work in TV if I didn’t get a nose job.
Amanda Righetti, 1983 –
8. the general situation
But if we are honest, we should remember that this is making the best of a bad job, and that minimising suffering takes priority over optimising its outcome.
Julian Baggini, 1968 –
9. a computer application performed to accomplish a single task that may be composed of several steps
After you define a job and it is stored in the relevant folders, you can execute the job at any time.
“Executing a job”, ‘BMC Server Automation 8.8’, https://docs.bmc.com/docs/ServerAutomation/88/executing-a-job-623578335.html, accessed July 29, 2020
10. (informal) a crime, most often a robbery
Collins pulled a bank job to raise money to pay for an operation that could possibly get his girl out of a wheelchair.
Mark Deming, “Brute Force (1947)” ‘Riverfront Times’, www.riverfronttimes.com/stlouis/brute-force-1947/Film?oid=2714719
11. (informal) a harmful piece of work
Winter salt can do a job on your car’s rotors.
Bob Weber, “Motormouth: Winter salt can do a job on your car’s rotors”, Chicago Tribune, July 26, 2019
12. (informal) a particular type of thing, in general terms
But it is kind of a big car, not a little sports job.
Old Timer, “Report on rental 06 Charger” ‘DodgeCharger.com Forum’, http://www.dodgecharger.com/forum/index.php?topic=1265.0, August 10, 2005
1. to work performing miscellaneous assignments or by the piece
So I’m not just another actor who’s around and jobbing.
Robert Pattinson, 1986 –
2. to personally profit by performing duties as a public official
What an augmentation of the field for jobbing, speculating, plundering, office-building and office-hunting would be produced by an assumption of all the state powers into the hands of the general government.
Thomas Jefferson, 1743 – 1826
3. to subcontract work or to assign work out in portions
He has been given a few changes to shine and always rose to the occasion, yet he was jobbed out to almost everybody in the company.
Kenny McKnight, “WWE Reality Meets Kayfabe: Win, Lose or Draw, CM Punk Is Here to Stay” ‘Bleacher Report’, https://bleacherreport.com/articles/800992-reality-meets-kayfabe-win-lose-or-draw-cm-punk-is-here-to-stay, August 11, 2011