Definitions

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  • v. Present participle of job.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Doing chance work or odd jobs.
  • adj. Using opportunities of public service for private gain.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • The apprentices on Thornton, are what is termed a jobbing gang, that is, they are hired out by their master to any planter who may want their services.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

  • Rankin resides in our village of Littleborough, and is by trade what is known as a jobbing gardener.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, July 14th, 1920

  • I am told that there is one part of their business very laborious, digging holes for the receiving of cane-plants, which I have not as yet seen; but this does not occupy above a month at the utmost, at two periods of the year; and on my estate this service is chiefly performed by extra negroes, hired for the purpose; which, although equally hard in the hired negroes (called a jobbing gang), at least relieves my own, and after all puts even the former on much the same footing with English day-labourers.

    Journal of a Residence among the Negroes in the West Indies

  • Lap 41: "What the **** do you mean by 'jobbing'?" retorts jobbing comedian Josh Widdicombe.

    F1: Abu Dhabi grand prix - as it happened!

  • If you are a 'jobbing' scientist working on the African HIV issue, I might take you seriously.

    Over reach

  • There, my mother ran a small retail "dry goods" store, while my father engaged in a succession of mostly unsuccessful "jobbing" ventures.

    Milton Friedman - Autobiography

  • How they are supplied with the book, posted as to its merits, and enabled to take care of whatever demands arise, is the wholesale, or "jobbing," side of book selling.

    The Building of a Book A Series of Practical Articles Written by Experts in the Various Departments of Book Making and Distributing

  • Or if to the respectable conclave above-stairs, who would have recoiled indignantly at the vulgar word "jobbing," had been hinted a phrase – which ran oddly in and out of the nooks of my brain, keeping time to the murmur in the street, "Vox populi, vox dei" – truly, I should have got little credit for my Latinity.

    John Halifax, Gentleman

  • He himself was in the "jobbing" line, and was always jogging about in a cart, in the hind part of which, covered with a net, was a calf or a couple of pigs.

    The Revolution in Tanner's Lane

  • "Oh, well," said the man vaguely, "it's hard to estimate on this kind of jobbing work."

    What Can She Do?

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