bag job

noun

Definition of bag job

US, informal
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.
  • Newsweek13 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 MassarottiThe Boston Herald20 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


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