- v. present participle of job.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Doing chance work or odd jobs.
- adj. Using opportunities of public service for private gain.
“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.”
“Rankin resides in our village of Littleborough, and is by trade what is known as a jobbing gardener.”
“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.”
“Lap 41: "What the **** do you mean by 'jobbing'?" retorts jobbing comedian Josh Widdicombe.”
“If you are a 'jobbing' scientist working on the African HIV issue, I might take you seriously.”
“There, my mother ran a small retail "dry goods" store, while my father engaged in a succession of mostly unsuccessful "jobbing" ventures.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Oh, well," said the man vaguely, "it's hard to estimate on this kind of jobbing work.”
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