E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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.