Green’s Dictionary of Slang

job n.2

1. in Und. uses.

(a) [late 17C+] (orig. UK Und.) any form of criminal activity, esp. a robbery, often with a qualifying name, e.g. the Barclays Bank job.

(b) [mid-19C–1910s] a trick, a hoax.

(c) [late 19C–1910s] a jab; a blow; a physical assault.

2. [late 18C; late 19C+] a type, a variety or a procedure, e.g. the desk was a teak-oiled job, his moustache was a bushy brown job, a boob job, a nose job.

3. [mid-19C+] a bowel movement; usu. as do a job , to defecate [euph.].

4. of a person.

(a) [1920s+] (orig. US) a person of either sex, a type of person, with adj. e.g. a cute little job, a first-class job.

(b) [1930s+] (Aus.) a drunkard.

(c) [1930s+] (Aus.) a fool, a poor worker.

(d) [1940s+] (N.Z.) a prostitute.

5. [1920s+] (orig. US) an aircraft, a motorcar or any other vehicle; of a vehicle, a brand, a make, a style.

6. [1940s] an effort, a problem.

7. [1960s] (US) a way of life.

8. see blow job n.1 (1)

In phrases

big job (n.)

1. [mid-19C] (US) murder, assassination; thus do the big job, to kill [euph.].

2. [1930s] anything notably large of its type, e.g. an automobile.

do a job (v.)

1. [early 19C+] (UK Und.) to commit a crime, esp. a robbery.

2. [mid-19C] to have sexual intercourse.

3. [mid-19C+] to defecate.

4. [20C+] (Aus.) to make pregnant.

do a job for oneself (v.)

[20C+] to defecate.

do a job on (v.)

1. [early 19C+] (also do a job for, do the job on) to beat up, to murder.

2. [1950s] to make someone the victim of a confidence trick or allied hoax or deception.

3. [1950s+] to cause trouble for, to harass, to persecute.

4. [1950s+] (US) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

5. [1970s] to curse, to place a spell on.

do one’s job over (v.)

[1930s-70s] (Aus.) to become obsessed (with).

do someone’s job for them (v.) [var. on do a job on ]

[18C–1920s] to ruin.

do the job (v.) (also give a job) [ext. of job v.1 (1)]

[mid-17C–1970s] to have sexual intercourse.

get on one’s job (v.) (also get on one’s j.o.b.)

[1980s] (US black) to concentrate on one’s life, involvements, pursuits.

job of work (n.)

[19C] any form of criminal enterprise.

job out (v.)

[19C] (US Und.) to distribute counterfeit money to criminal associates and dealers.

make a job (v.)

[20C+] (Aus.) to beat up, to defeat severely.

on one’s job (also on one’s j, on one’s j.o.b.)

[1950s+] (US black) alert, in control; successful at a given task.

on the job [SE job/job v.1 (1)] [late 19C+]

1. a euph. for engaged in sexual activity.

2. working properly.

3. in the process of doing something.

4. aware, au fait.

pull a job (v.)

[1910s+] (orig. US) to carry out a robbery or other criminal act.

put up a job (on) (v.) [late 19C+] (orig. US)

1. to trick, to deceive (someone).

2. to concoct an injurious story.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

couldn’t get a job on a shit house cart

[1990s+] (Aus.) a phr. used of a complete inadequate/incompetent.

In exclamations

get a job!

[1950s+] (US campus) find something constructive to do with yourself!