One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A poorly paid job.‘if a man does find a workable reef it's likely to be only a tucker job’
- ‘I said that £500 a year was only a tucker job.’
- ‘It is only a tucker job at best, and now I believe it is all up with us, or will be in a short time.’
- ‘Oh, that was only a tucker job anyway’
- ‘If a bootless man happens along, as is sometimes the case in Victoria, he is offered a tucker job.’
- ‘Life to these folk is mostly a tucker job.’
Late 19th century: from the notion that the wage paid is enough to buy food only.
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