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JOB, noun [of unknown origin, but perhaps allied to chop, primarily to strike or drive.]

1. A piece of work; any thing to be done, whether of more or less importance. The carpenter or mason undertakes to build a house by the job The erection of Westminster bridge was a heavy job; and it was a great job to erect Central wharf, in Boston. The mechanic has many small jobs on hand.

2. A lucrative business; an undertaking with a view to profit.

No cheek is known to blush nor heart to throb,

Save when they lose a question or a job

3. A sudden stab with a pointed instrument. [This seems to be nearly the original sense.]

To do the job for one, to kill him.

JOB, verb transitive To strike or stab with a sharp instrument.

1. To drive in a sharp pointed instrument.

JOB, verb intransitive To deal in the public stocks; to buy and sell as a broker.

The judge shall job the bishop bite the town,

and mighty dukes pack cards for half a crown.