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 for Odd job
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Job \Job\ (j[o^]b), n. [Prov. E. job, gob, n., a small piece of
     wood, v., to stab, strike; cf. E. gob, gobbet; perh.
     influenced by E. chop to cut off, to mince. See Gob.]
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     1. A sudden thrust or stab; a jab.
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     2. A piece of chance or occasional work; any definite work
        undertaken in gross for a fixed price; as, he did the job
        for a thousand dollars.
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     3. A public transaction done for private profit; something
        performed ostensibly as a part of official duty, but
        really for private gain; a corrupt official business.
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     4. Any affair or event which affects one, whether fortunately
        or unfortunately. [Colloq.]
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     5. A situation or opportunity of work; as, he lost his job.
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     6. A task, or the execution of a task; as, Michelangelo did a
        great job on the David statue.
     7. (Computers) A task or coordinated set of tasks for a
        multitasking computer, submitted for processing as a
        single unit, usually for execution in background. See job
        control language.
     Note: Job is used adjectively to signify doing jobs, used for
           jobs, or let on hire to do jobs; as, job printer; job
           master; job horse; job wagon, etc.
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     By the job, at a stipulated sum for the work, or for each
        piece of work done; -- distinguished from time work; as,
        the house was built by the job.
     Job lot, a quantity of goods, usually miscellaneous, sold
        out of the regular course of trade, at a certain price for
        the whole; as, these articles were included in a job lot.
     Job master, one who lest out horses and carriages for hire,
        as for family use. [Eng.]
     Job printer, one who does miscellaneous printing, esp.
        circulars, cards, billheads, etc.
     Odd job, miscellaneous work of a petty kind; occasional
        work, of various kinds, or for various people.
     to do a job on, to harm badly or destroy. [slang]
     on the job, alert; performing a responsibility well.
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From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  24 Moby Thesaurus words for "odd job":
     assignment, busywork, chare, charge, chore, commission, duty,
     errand, exercise, fish to fry, homework, job, job of work, labor,
     make-work, matters in hand, mission, piece of work, project,
     service, stint, task, things to do, work

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