do a job on someone
do a job on (someone or something)
1. To have a harmful impact on someone or something. Considering her pessimism toward marriage, her last break-up must have really done a job on her. Ugh, your puppy did a job on my new shoes—they're completely chewed up!
2. Of a domesticated animal (typically a pet), to defecate on something. My cat used to always use her litter box, but she regularly does a job on the floor, unfortunately.
3. To severely rebuke someone. Man, the boss really did a job on me for messing up that client's account.
4. To physically assault someone. The mafia leader sent a couple of goons to do a job on the witness so that she wouldn't testify in court.
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do a job on someonemainly AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If one person does a job on another, the first person badly hurts or harms the second or defeats them completely. Look at your face! They sure did a job on you! Yankees pitchers did a job on Boston's two most valuable players.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
do a job on someonedo something which harms or defeats an opponent. informal
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- do a job on
- do a job on (someone or something)
- do a job on someone/something
- do a number on
- do a number on (someone or something)
- do a number on somebody/something
- do a number on someone
- do a number on something
- leave (someone, something, or oneself) (wide) open to (something)
- leave yourself wide open to something