Site Feedback

Resolved questions
What does "job" mean in the text below?

Here's an extract from The catcher in the rye by J. D. Salinger;
My brother just got a Jaguar. One of those little English jobs that can do around two hundred miles an hour. It cost him damn near four thousand bucks.

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Language



    Please enter between 2 and 2000 characters.



    Sort by:


    Best Answer - Chosen by the Asker
    From Thefreedictionary:
    Informal - An example of a specified type, especially of something made or constructed. Often used in combination: a new building that is just another glass and steel job; a cowboy hat that is one of those ten-gallon jobs.

    It's an uncommon use of the word 'job', which normally means 'work'. However, occasionally it can be used to refer to an item upon which a job was done in a specific manner. In this case, it's a car that was made in England and has the characteristics of a specifically English-made car; therefore it is an "English job".

    Think of it as a complex synonym for "specific item".

    Submit your answer

    Please enter between 2 and 2000 characters.

    If you copy this answer from another italki answer page, please state the URL of where you got your answer from.