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job Idioms & Phrases

book of job

  • noun a book in the Old Testament containing Job's pleas to God about his afflictions and God's reply

By the job

  • at a stipulated sum for the work, or for each piece of work done; distinguished from time work; as, the house was built by the job.
Webster 1913

coaching job

  • noun the job of a professional coach

do a job on

  • verb destroy completely or make ugly or useless
    • The dog did a job on my pillow
    • The seamstress did a job on my wedding gown

federal job safety law

  • noun a law passed by the United States Congress that created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to prevent employees from being injured or contracting diseases in the course of their employment
    occupational safety and health act.

hand job

  • noun slang for masturbation
    wank; jacking off; jerking off.

hatchet job

  • noun a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
    obloquy; defamation; calumniation; traducement; calumny.

inside job

  • noun some transgression committed with the assistance of someone trusted by the victim
    • the police decided that the crime was an inside job

job action

  • noun a temporary action by workers to protest management decision or to make demands

job application

  • noun an application for a job

job candidate

  • noun an applicant who is being considered for a job

job control

  • noun a program that is called to prepare each job to be run

job description

  • noun description of the responsibilities associated with a given job

job interview

  • noun an interview to determine whether an applicant is suitable for a position of employment
    employment interview.

Job lot

  • noun a miscellaneous collection of things sold together
  • a quantity of goods, usually miscellaneous, sold out of the regular course of trade, at a certain price for the whole; as, these articles were included in a job lot.
Webster 1913

Job master

  • one who lest out horses and carriages for hire, as for family use. Eng.
Webster 1913

Job printer

  • one who does miscellaneous printing, esp. circulars, cards, billheads, etc.
Webster 1913

Job's comforter

  • noun someone whose comfort is actually discouraging
  • . (a) A false friend; a tactless or malicious person who, under pretense of sympathy, insinuates rebukes. (b) A boil . Colloq.
Webster 1913

Job's news

  • bad news. Carlyle.
Webster 1913

Job's tears

  • noun hard pearly seeds of an Asiatic grass; often used as beads
  • (Bot.), a kind of grass (Coix Lacryma), with hard, shining, pearly grains.
Webster 1913

job-control language

  • noun a problem-oriented language used to describe job requirements to an operating system

job-oriented terminal

  • noun a terminal designed for a particular application

nose job

  • noun cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of your nose

Odd job

  • miscellaneous work of a petty kind; occasional work, of various kinds, or for various people.
Webster 1913


  • adjective satellite not regular or skilled
    • found only odd-job employment

odd-job man

  • noun a man skilled in various odd jobs and other small tasks
    handyman; jack of all trades.

on the job

  • adjective satellite actively engaged in paid work
    • the working population
    • the ratio of working men to unemployed
    • a working mother
    • robots can be on the job day and night


  • adjective relating to or associated with a job or employment
    • on-the-job training
    • on-the-job requirements

snow job

  • noun a long and elaborate misrepresentation

To put up a job

  • to arrange a plot. Slang
Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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