job1( job),USA pronunciationn., v.,jobbed, job•bing,adj. n.
a piece of work, esp. a specific task done as part of the routine of one's occupation or for an agreed price:She gave him the job of mowing the lawn.
a post of employment; full-time or part-time position:She was seeking a job as an editor.
anything a person is expected or obliged to do; duty; responsibility:It is your job to be on time.
an affair, matter, occurrence, or state of affairs:to make the best of a bad job.
the material, project, assignment, etc., being worked upon:The housing project was a long and costly job.
the process or requirements, details, etc., of working:It was a tedious job.
the execution or performance of a task:She did a good job.
[Slang.]a theft or similar criminal action:The police caught the gang that pulled that bank job.
a public or official act or decision carried through for the sake of improper private gain.
Slang Termsan example of a specific or distinctive type:That little six-cylinder job was the best car I ever owned.
Computinga unit of work for a computer, generally comprising an application program or group of related programs and the data, linkages, and instructions to the operating system needed for running the programs.
Idiomsdo a job on,[Slang.]
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.
Idiomson the job, alert; observant:The cops were on the job and caught them red-handed.
to work at jobs or odd pieces of work; work by the piece.
to do business as a jobber.
to turn public business, planning, etc., improperly to private gain.
to assign or give (work, a contract for work, etc.) in separate portions, as among different contractors or workers (often fol. by out):He jobbed out the contract to a number of small outfits.
to buy in large quantities, as from wholesalers or manufacturers, and sell to dealers in smaller quantities:He jobs shoes in Ohio and Indiana.
to get rid of or dispose of:His party jobbed him when he sought a second term in office.
to swindle or trick (someone):They jobbed him out of his property.
to carry on (public or official business) for improper private gain.
of or for a particular job or transaction.
bought, sold, or handled together:He's too big a customer to buy in less than job quantities.
1620–30; 1935–40 for def. 16; origin, originally uncertain
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See task.
2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See position.