One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1North American A wholesaler.
- ‘As a result, shippers, fruit jobbers, and retailers were primarily concerned about fruit weights, perishability, and aesthetic qualities, including color, flavor, and texture.’
- ‘These bearskin jobbers would then hope to purchase the bearskins from trappers at a lower price and then deliver them to their customers for a profit.’
- ‘The jobber said to him, ‘You manufacture this, that, or the other.’’
- ‘Contact your jobber or go to www.gates.com/adverts to order literature.’
- ‘The jobber sells to the installer who fixes the car.’
- ‘Automated replenishment of parts offered by jobbers is utilized by 61 percent of repair shops; 25 percent work with WDs.’
- ‘He has written for several years about the ways in which jobbers and middle-men ruthlessly exploit migrant labour in the informal sector.’
2A person who does casual or occasional work.
- ‘Pretty much anything you say to her is fine as long as you don't call her a jobber.’
- ‘If you are uncomfortable operating a piece of heavy equipment, consider hiring a commercial jobber.’
- ‘Senators dismissed tariff opponents as a collection of ‘dealers, commission merchants, and jobbers.’’
- ‘A pool of silver-haired jobbers would, he said, help to dampen the rise in the value of quotations because of demand outstripping supply.’
- ‘We get to meet more mature graduates and second jobbers who are considering the public sector or accountancy as a career change.’
- ‘It seems to be a way of life for the nine o'clock jobbers.’
- ‘Mark or Johnnie were in no way abrasive as were many jobbers of the day.’
- ‘For the proud majority of summer jobbers, a J1 day when you're not wasted is a day wasted.’
- ‘Thence it passed by railroad, with another transfer of ownership, into the hands of a Chicago jobber.’
- ‘The taxi drivers want the Government to prioritise the number of double jobbers, reductions in incomes and increases in insurance costs.’
- ‘Otherwise jobbers and foreigners have been driving today's activity.’
- ‘To judge by the data collected in 1929, fruit jobber businesses ranged widely in both size and clientele.’
- ‘He was sure the cheerfulness would end when they got into combat, Swift had been a desk jobber until now, sorting Company papers.’
3historical (in the UK) a principal or wholesaler who dealt only on the Stock Exchange with brokers, not directly with the public.
stockbroker, broker-dealer, broker, agent, negotiatorView synonyms
- ‘Brokers made a commission charged to their principals; jobbers made a ‘turn’ on the bid-ask spread always intending to buy low and sell high.’
- ‘The decision was taken at a meeting of over 1000 day traders, arbitragers and jobbers here today.’
- ‘Transaction tax will finish day traders, jobbers and arbitragers, and cripple the share markets.’
- ‘However, the 1929 survey also suggested that the qualities of ideal bananas varied in relation to jobbers ' perceptions of market demand.’
Late 17th century (in the sense ‘broker, middleman’, originally not derogatory): from job.
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