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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Perhaps from job 'piece, lump' (15-17 centuries)

job

noun
     
Related topics: Crime, Computers
job S1 W1
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work

[countable] the regular paid work that you do for an employerCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
apply for a job offer somebody a job get/find a job (as something) land a job informal (=get a job) take a job (=accept a job that you are offered) hold down a job (=keep a job when this is difficult) lose a job leave/quit a job be out of a job (=not have a job) temporary job permanent job part-time job full-time job steady job (=a job that is likely to continue) job satisfaction (=the enjoyment you get from your job) job security (=how permanent your job is likely to be)
Do you enjoy your job?
It was the first paid job I ever had.
He's been in the job for six years.
I'm looking for a new job.
Your pension can be affected if you change jobs.
I've applied for a job at the university.
Well, Miss Taylor, we'd like to offer you the job.
Eventually, Mary got a job as a waitress.
I was so desperate that I took the first job that came along.
He had never been able to hold down a job.
At least there's no danger of you losing your job.
Oh Rick, you didn't quit your job did you?
If the project fails, we're all out of a job.
It's a temporary job, but I'm hoping it will be made permanent.
the pet shop where he had a part-time job
I haven't had a steady job since last March.
Levels of job satisfaction vary between departments.
I didn't see the point of moving my family to London without any job security.
job description
2

duty

[singular] something that you are responsible for doing:
Raising kids can be a difficult job.
It's my job to make sure that the work is finished on time.
the job of somebody/something
The job of the jury is to assess the credibility of the witness.
the job of doing something
I was given the job of making sure that everyone had enough to drink.
All too often councils fall down on the job (=not do what they should) of keeping the streets clean.
3

something you must do

[countable] a particular thing you have to do, considered as work [= task]:
My parents were always finding little jobs for me to do.
Filleting fish can be quite a fiddly job.
Tiling the bathroom is going to be a big job.
Sam does odd jobs (=small jobs in the house or garden) for friends and neighbours.
the job of doing something
The job of choosing the right computer for you is made easy by this magazine.
We need to get on with the job of finding someone to replace him.
do a good/great/marvellous etc job
Whoever did the plastering did a brilliant job.
make a good/bad etc job of (doing) something
She hates doing the cleaning, but she always makes a good job of it.
4

on the job

a) while you are doing a particular job:
Most clerical training is done on the job.
b) doing a particular job:
We've got some of our best people on the job.
c) British English spoken informal having sex
5

I'm only/just doing my job

spoken used to say that it is not your fault if you have to do something in your work that other people do not like
6

it's more than my job's worth

British English spokenBEC used to tell someone that you cannot do what they want because you would lose your job if you did - often used humorously
7

do the job

spoken to have the effect or produce the result that you want:
A little more glue should do the job.
8

have a job doing something/have a job to do something

British English spoken to have difficulty doing something:
I think we might have a job parking in town.
9

do a job on somebody/something

informal especially American English to have a damaging effect on someone or something:
The sun does quite a job on people's skin.
10TD

computer

[countable]TD an action done by a computer:
a print job
11

crime

[countable] informalSCC a crime in which money is stolen from a bank, company etc:
a bank job
Police believe it was an inside job (=done by someone who works for the company where the crime happens).
12

a nose/boob job

informal an operation to improve the appearance of your nose or breasts:
She looks completely different in this photo - she must have had a nose job.
13

just the job

British English spoken exactly what is needed for a particular purpose or situation:
This bag is just the job for carrying your sports gear.
14

type of thing

[singular] spoken used to say that something is of a particular type:
Jack's got a new car - a red two-seater job.
15

jobs for the boys

British English when someone in an important position gives work to their friends, especially when this gives the friends an unfair advantage:
The council chief was suspended over allegations of jobs for the boys.
16

job of work

British English something that you have to do even if you do not enjoy it
17

job lot

British English a mixed group of things that are sold together:
a job lot of furniture
blow job, hand job, hatchet job

; ➔ (it's a) good job

at good1 (49)

; ➔ make the best of a bad job

at best3 (9)
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

job, work, post, position, occupation, profession, career
Your job is the work that you do regularly in order to earn money, especially when you work for a company or public organization My last job was with a computer firm. He finally got a job in a supermarket.Work is used in a more general way to talk about activities that you do to earn money, either working for a company or for yourself Will you go back to work when you've had the baby? I started work when I was 18.!! Do not say 'what is your job?' or 'what is your work?'. Say what do you do? or what do you do for a living?Post and position are more formal words for a job in a company or organization. They are used especially in job advertisements and when you are talking about someone moving to a different job This post would suit a recent graduate. He left last summer for a teaching position in Singapore. Use occupation to talk about the kind of work that someone usually does, for example if they are a teacher, lawyer, driving instructor etc. Occupation is used mainly on official forms State your name, age, and occupation in the box below.!! Do not use occupation to talk about your own job I am an accountant. (NOT My occupation is an accountant). A profession is a kind of work for which you need special training and a good education, for example teaching, law, or medicine the legal profession Your career is the type of work that you do or hope to do for most of your life I'm interested in a career in television. His career is more important to him than his family.

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