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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Job (To).
To strike. To give one a “job in the eye” is to give one a blow in the eye; and to “job one in the ribs” is to strike one in the ribs, to stab one in the ribs. Job and probe seem to be very nearly allied. Halliwell gives the word “stop,” to poke or thrust, which is allied to stab.   1



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