do a job on someone/something

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 someone/something

1. tv. to ruin someone or something; to give someone or something a thorough working over. The cops did a job on Rocko, but he still wouldn’t talk.
2. Go to do a number on someone.
See also: job, on, someone, something