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for on the 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.]
1. A sudden thrust or stab; a jab.
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.
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.
4. Any affair or event which affects one, whether fortunately
or unfortunately. [Colloq.]
5. A situation or opportunity of work; as, he lost his job.
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
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.
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.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
on the job
adj 1: actively engaged in paid work; "the working population";
"the ratio of working men to unemployed"; "a working
mother"; "robots can be on the job day and night" [syn:
working(a), on the job(p)]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
71 Moby Thesaurus words for "on the job":
advertent, agile, agog, alert, alive, all ears, all eyes,
assiduous, at it, at work, attentive, awake, aware, bright, busy,
careful, concentrated, conscious, diligent, earnest, employed,
engaged, finical, finicking, finicky, full of business, hard at it,
hard at work, heedful, in harness, intense, intent, intentive,
keen, meticulous, mindful, nice, niggling, nimble, observant,
observing, occupied, on duty, on the, on the alert, on the ball,
on the go, on the hop, on the jump, on the move, on the run,
open-eared, open-eyed, openmouthed, prompt, qui vive, quick, ready,
regardful, sharp, sleepless, smart, tied up, unblinking, unnodding,
unsleeping, unwinking, wakeful, watchful, wide-awake, working
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