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job

noun [C]
 
 
/dʒɒb/
the regular work that someone does to earn money: a job with sth She applied for a job with an advertising agency. Many people found themselves out of a job as a consequence of the global recession. have/get/take a job apply for/look for/find a jobcreate/cut/shed jobs The government is creating new job opportunities for mothers returning to the workplace. leave/quit/lose a job a paid/unpaid/well-paid job The deputy Chairman has been appointed to the top job. first/new job a full-time/part-time job a permanent/temporary/steady job a Saturday/weekend job
a particular piece of work or task that needs to be done or achieved: the job of doing sth The job of redesigning the offices went to the lowest bidder. The company continues to send many of its accounting and computer jobs to India. Larger firms enjoy economies of scale, which means they can do the job cheaper. Staff are currently paid by the job regardless of the time it takes.
a responsibility that someone or something has: It's not my job to deal with staff's personal problems. The assembly's main job is to draft a constitution.
IT a task which is done by a computer program: a print job
do a good/bad/better, etc. job of sth (also make a good/bad/better, etc. job of sth) to do something well, badly, better, etc.: We need to do a better job of marketing the product.
don't give up the day job informal humorous used for telling someone that they will never be successful with something they are trying to do and should keep doing their real job instead
jobs for the boys UK disapproving work that someone in a position of power gives to friends or relations: Labour sharply criticized the board's appointment of the former trade minister as an example of jobs for the boys.
it's more than my job's worth UK used for telling someone that you cannot do something because you would lose your job if someone discovered you had done it: It's more than my job's worth to let you into the building after hours.
on the job where someone works and while they do their job: Sixteen coal miners died on the job last year.
walk off the job US to stop working and refuse to continue doing your job until your employer agrees to what you want: Union members threatened to walk off the job unless their employer agreed to stop hiring work out to contractors.
→ See also dead-end job, desk job, off-the-job, on-the-job
(Definition of job noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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