Definition of bag job
1 : a covert and often illegal operation in which an investigator enters into a premises for the purpose of gathering information That includes “bag jobs” aimed at getting foreign diplomatic codes and some opening of mail to and from U.S. citizens. — Newsweek, 13 Jan. 1975
2 : an operation or process that is secretly prearranged to guarantee a particular outcome Back then, the sale to Henry and Co. was deemed a bag job by most everyone in the Boston area … and the new owners of the Sox were met with tremendous skepticism. — Tony Massarotti, The Boston Herald, 20 Apr. 2008 For some time, Barry and his lawyers have argued that he is the victim of a political bag job to oust him from a job he held for five years. — Christopher Walker, The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Massachusetts), 31 Aug. 2005
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Origin and Etymology of bag job
probably as shortening of black bag job, from the stereotypical black bag carried on such an operation
First Known Use: 1971See Words from the same year
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