Idiom – A plum job
A plum job – Idiom of the Day
A good job which is well-paid and relatively easy.
It is said that “plum” in the 17th century was slang for £1000, a very large sum indeed in those times. This use was then applied to some political jobs, thought by the man in the street to involve little work for a lot of money. From there the word entered wider use for an easy, choice job.
- The goal is to land a plum job as a government official of some sort, and not have to worry about money for the rest of my life.
- There are no plum jobs here, mate. This is a dog eat dog world. Either you go up, or you go out.
- With over a billion Indians, there has to be competition for the plum jobs.
- Can’t you use your connections and land me a plum job in your company?
- Being a lifeguard at an olympic swimming pool is one of the best plum jobs ever. You don’t have to worry about anyone drowning!
- Working on an oil rig is not a plum job, but it really pays well, and you don’t necessarily need a college degree to get a job on one of them.