Job lot

Job lot
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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A sudden thrust or stab; a jab. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

4. Any affair or event which affects one, whether fortunately or unfortunately. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

5. A situation or opportunity of work; as, he lost his job. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

6. A task, or the execution of a task; as, Michelangelo did a great job on the David statue. [PJC]

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}. [PJC]

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. [1913 Webster]

{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. [slang] [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • job lot — ➔ lot * * * job lot UK US noun [C] UK INFORMAL ► COMMERCE a collection of several things which are bought or sold as a group, usually at a cheap price: a job lot of sth »He bought a job lot of computers at a bargain price. ► FINANCE, STOCK MARKET …   Financial and business terms

  • job lot — job lots N COUNT A job lot is a number of cheap things of low quality which are sold together, for example in auctions or second hand shops. I was lucky to get it as part of a job lot at a sale …   English dictionary

  • job lot — noun count several separate things that are sold or accepted together …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • job lot — job′ lot n. 1) bus a large, often assorted quantity of goods sold or handled as a single transaction 2) a miscellaneous collection; quantity of odds and ends • Etymology: 1850–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • job lot — ► NOUN ▪ a batch of articles sold or bought at one time, especially at a discount …   English terms dictionary

  • job lot — n. 1. an assortment of goods for sale as one quantity 2. any random assortment, esp. when of inferior quality …   English World dictionary

  • job lot — noun a miscellaneous collection of things sold together (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑collection, ↑aggregation, ↑accumulation, ↑assemblage * * * noun 1. a. : a miscellaneous collection o …   Useful english dictionary

  • job lot — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms job lot : singular job lot plural job lots several separate things that are sold or accepted together …   English dictionary

  • job lot — /dʒɒb ˈlɒt / (say job lot) noun 1. any large lot of goods handled by a jobber. 2. a miscellaneous quantity of goods. 3. any miscellaneous lot, usually of no great value …   Australian English dictionary

  • Job Lot — A futures contract with a minimum trading unit smaller than the levels required in regular contracts. Job lot contracts create a market for smaller participants wishing to enter into futures contracts. For example, western barley future contracts …   Investment dictionary

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