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on the job

1. Working at one's job in an official capacity. Sorry, I can't go out with you guys, I'm still on the job. Making personal phone calls while on the job is prohibited by company policy, but most people do it anyway.
2. Working on a particular task. Don't worry, we've got Kathy on the job. If she can't fix it, no one can. We know how important it is, so we've got our four best guys on the job. My lawnmower broke down, so I've got the neighbor's son on the job.
3. In a state of alertness, typically in order to watch for something specific. A: "Hey, make sure you keep your eyes open for that missing file." B: "You got it—I'm on the job."
4. slang Having sex. Primarily heard in UK. Sorry I didn't answer your call last night—I was on the job, if you know what I mean.
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on the job

working; doing what one is expected to do. I'm always on the job when I should be. lean depend on my furnace to be on the job day and night.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

on the job

1. At work, busy, as in We've got three men on the job. [Late 1800s]
2. Paying close attention, alert, as in Trust Jim to find out the details-he's always on the job.
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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.

on the job

1 while working. 2 engaged in sexual intercourse. British informal
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on the ˈjob


1 while actually working, and not drinking coffee, talking, wasting time, etc: I’ve been on the job all day, and I feel exhausted.At work we can smoke in the canteen, but not on the job.
2 (British English, slang) having sex
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

on the job

1. Paying close attention; on the alert.
2. At work; at one's place of business: Employees are not allowed to smoke while on the job.
See also: job, 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.
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