from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Doing chance work or odd jobs.
  • adjective Using opportunities of public service for private gain.
  • adjective [U.S.] a mercantile establishment which buys from importers, wholesalers or manufacturers, and sells to retailers.

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  • verb Present participle of job.


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  • 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 Various

  • 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 American Anti-Slavery Society

  • 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 Matthew Gregory 1845

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

    F1: Abu Dhabi grand prix - as it happened! Tom Bryant 2010

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

    Over reach EliRabett 2010

  • 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 1992

  • 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 Various

  • 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 1897

  • 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 Mark Rutherford 1872

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

    What Can She Do? Edward Payson Roe 1863


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