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jobbing (See job)


1 the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; "he's not in my line of business" [syn: occupation, business, line of work, line]
2 a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee; "estimates of the city's loss on that job ranged as high as a million dollars"; "the job of repairing the engine took several hours"; "the endless task of classifying the samples"; "the farmer's morning chores" [syn: task, chore]
3 the performance of a piece of work; "she did an outstanding job as Ophelia"; "he gave it up as a bad job"
4 the responsibility to do something; "it is their job to print the truth"
5 a workplace; as in the expression "on the job";
6 an object worked on; a result produced by working; "he held the job in his left hand and worked on it with his right"
7 a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved; "she and her husband are having problems"; "it is always a job to contact him"; "urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog" [syn: problem]
8 a damaging piece of work; "dry rot did the job of destroying the barn"; "the barber did a real job on my hair"
9 a crime (especially a robbery); "the gang pulled off a bank job in St. Louis" [syn: caper]
10 a Jewish hero in the Old Testament who maintained his faith in God in spite of afflictions that tested him
11 any long-suffering person who withstands affliction without despairing
12 (computer science) a program application that may consist of several steps but is a single logical unit
13 a book in the Old Testament containing Job's pleas to God about his afflictions and God's reply [syn: Book of Job]


1 profit privately from public office and official business
2 arranged for contracted work to be done by others [syn: subcontract, farm out]
3 work occasionally; "As a student I jobbed during the semester breaks"
4 invest at a risk; "I bought this house not because I want to live in it but to sell it later at a good price, so I am speculating" [syn: speculate] [also: jobbing, jobbed]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. present participle of job

Extensive Definition

Jobbing or To Job has the following meanings:
  • In the wholesale mercantile business refers to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Machiavellianism, Machiavellism, agency, barter, bartering, brokerage, buying and selling, consumer preference study, consumer research, consumer survey, dealing, diplomacy, diplomatics, direct-mail selling, doing business, exchange, give-and-take, hard sell, hawking, high-pressure salesmanship, horse trading, huckstering, interchange, jobbery, legal bucketing, low-pressure salesmanship, mail-order selling, market research, marketing, marketing research, merchandising, peddling, politics, promotion, retailing, sales campaign, sales promotion, salesmanship, selling, sellout, soft sell, stockbrokerage, stockbroking, stockjobbery, stockjobbing, swapping, trade, trading, trafficking, wheeling and dealing, wholesaling
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