Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR JOBS

Millions who still had jobs feared that they would lose them.

Millions who had lost their jobs began to fear penury and want.

To the fear of losing our jobs is added the fear of losing our lives.

He's found me four or five jobs with friends of his—like yourself.

You've missed all the millions of people here who depend on the place for their jobs and their lives.

They don't like their jobs, with no day and no night, only steel walls and electric light!

The three other workmen came over, leaving their jobs, to watch.

If that's so, every one of the Old Home House eleven was onto their jobs.

At the beginnin' of the next spring season both of 'em was round huntin' jobs.

Some of you have stuck to your jobs like men, in spite of the talk you've heard all about you, and I thank you.

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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.