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JOB. n.s.


JOB. n.s. [A low word now much in use, of which I cannot
tell the etymology.]
2. A low mean piddling lucrative busy affair.
I. Petty, piddling work; a piece of chance work.
He was now with his old friends in the state of a poor
disbanded officer after peace, like an old favourite of a cun-
ning minister after the job is over. Arbuthnot.
No cheek is known to blush, no heart to throb,
Save when they lose a question, or a job. Pope.
Such patents as these were never granted with a view of
being a job, for the interest of a particular person to the da-
mage of the publick. Swift.
3. A sudden stab with a sharp instrument.