odd job

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Job \Job\ (j[o^]b), n. [Prov. E. job, gob, n., a small piece of
   wood, v., to stab, strike; cf. E. gob, gobbet; perh.
   influenced by E. chop to cut off, to mince. See Gob.]
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   1. A sudden thrust or stab; a jab.
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   2. A piece of chance or occasional work; any definite work
      undertaken in gross for a fixed price; as, he did the job
      for a thousand dollars.
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   3. A public transaction done for private profit; something
      performed ostensibly as a part of official duty, but
      really for private gain; a corrupt official business.
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   4. Any affair or event which affects one, whether fortunately
      or unfortunately. [Colloq.]
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   5. A situation or opportunity of work; as, he lost his job.
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   6. A task, or the execution of a task; as, Michelangelo did a
      great job on the David statue.

   7. (Computers) A task or coordinated set of tasks for a
      multitasking computer, submitted for processing as a
      single unit, usually for execution in background. See {job
      control language}.

   Note: Job is used adjectively to signify doing jobs, used for
         jobs, or let on hire to do jobs; as, job printer; job
         master; job horse; job wagon, etc.
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   By the job, at a stipulated sum for the work, or for each
      piece of work done; -- distinguished from time work; as,
      the house was built by the job.

   Job lot, a quantity of goods, usually miscellaneous, sold
      out of the regular course of trade, at a certain price for
      the whole; as, these articles were included in a job lot.

   Job master, one who lest out horses and carriages for hire,
      as for family use. [Eng.]

   Job printer, one who does miscellaneous printing, esp.
      circulars, cards, billheads, etc.

   Odd job, miscellaneous work of a petty kind; occasional
      work, of various kinds, or for various people.

   to do a job on, to harm badly or destroy. [slang]

   on the job, alert; performing a responsibility well.
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