do a job on (someone or something)(redirected from done a job on them)
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 or something
1. Euph. to defecate on someone or something. (Note the variation in the second example.) The puppy did a job on the living-room carpet. It's supposed to do its job on the newspapers in the basement.
2. Sl. to damage someone or something; to mess up someone or something. The robbers really did a job on the bank guard. They beat him when they robbed the bank. The puppy did a job on my shoes. They are all chewed to pieces.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
do a job on
Also, do a number on. Damage, harm, as in The cat really did a job on the upholstery, or The teacher did a number on the class with that assignment. This slangy idiom uses job (or number) in the sense of "something negative."
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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 someoneverb
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.
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do a job on
1. To damage, harm, or worsen: The stylist did a real job on my hair.
2. To defecate on.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.