To buy and sell for profit, as securities; to speculate in.
To subcontract a project or delivery in small portions to a number of contractors.
To seek private gain under pretence of public service; to turn public matters to private advantage.
To strike or stab with a pointed instrument.
To thrust in, as a pointed instrument.
To hire or let in periods of service.
From the phrase jobbe of work, of uncertain origin. Perhaps from a variant of Middle English gobbe; or perhaps related to Middle English jobben, or Middle English choppe. More at gob, jab, chop.
Folk etymology linked the word to Job, the biblical character who suffered many misfortunes; for semantic development of misery and labor, compare Vulgar Latin *tripalium ("instrument of torture") and its Romance descendants like Spanish trabajo and French travail (whence borrowed into English travail).
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