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"I think this job is going to prove worth while," he returned.

I'd give a thousand dollars, if I had it, to be free of this job.

He added: "You boys play a game; I'm going to break in Lanning to our job."

Did he give one good piece of advice while we were plannin' the job?

That jeweler ought to have my job, 'cause he sure robbed you!

My "job" could not be "swung" by anyone else, since everyone else is essential to the swinging of his own.

It is my part to "keep my job," since if I don't I may find it hard to get another.

You're so good you would have had Job himself take it coolly.

The book and the personality of Job have caused much controversy.

Palmer had given him a man's job, and he would stick by it, no matter what came.

WORD ORIGIN

1550s, in phrase jobbe of worke "piece of work" (contrasted with continuous labor), of uncertain origin, perhaps a variant of gobbe "mass, lump" (c.1400; see gob) via sense of "a cart-load." Sense of "work done for pay" first recorded 1650s. Thieves' slang sense of "theft, robbery, a planned crime" is from 1722. Printing sense is from 1795. Slang meaning "specimen, thing, person" is from 1927.

On the job "hard at work" is from 1882. Job lot is from obsolete sense of "cartload, lump," which might also ultimately be from gob. Job security attested by 1954; job description by 1920; job-sharing by 1972.

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