One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to express envy of what is perceived to be another person's more favourable situation, which they seem to have attained with little effort.‘the princess was on her way to some lavish dinner—nice work if you can get it, I thought’
- ‘He or she will work a four-day week and the salary is around £80,000 a year - nice work if you can get it.’
- ‘And, of course, he got so much dosh for playing God - nice work if you can get it - that all those millions mean he can have exactly what he wants, exactly when he wants it.’
- ‘Don't get me wrong, it's nice work if you can get it.’
- ‘Being a film critic is nice work if you can get it, but sometimes hazard pay seems more than fair.’
- ‘It's nice work if you can get it - the pay's good, and you don't feel like you're doing anything very wrong.’
- ‘The irony of Hit List is that relative to a lot of the soulless, depressing jobs people do in a consumer society, assassination really can seem like nice work if you can get it.’
- ‘That's astonishing, nice work if you can get it.’
- ‘It occurs to me, not for the first time, that this is nice work if you can get it, a job in which you are putting in unusually long hours if you stay until 1pm, not exactly having started at the crack of dawn.’
- ‘Most advisers pocket both payments, which is nice work if you can get it.’
- ‘The UK's five biggest banks made a combined profit of £30 billion last year, which sounds like nice work if you can get it!’
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