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    More than my job's worth

    Hi ,
    I would really appreciate if someone could take a look at this.

    If something is more than my job's worth then isn't that thing worth doing ?
    If so then why do we say more than my job's worth to show one's disinclination to do something rather it should mean otherwise.

    2nd question : How about "is worth doing " instead in the 1st sentence ?
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    Re: More than my job's worth

    If something is more than your job's worth, the negative consequences/risks are bad enough for you to decline to do it- it means that you might lose your job rather than that it is worth more than your salary. It may be worth doing, but not by you.

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    Re: More than my job's worth

    I want to use this sentence to mean that a thing not an activity is something that I can not get through this job and to get this thing I need to change my job.
    For ex: This diamond is more than my job's worth : The cost of this diamond is more than my paycheck.
    I know this sounds strange but I could not explain it to someone I know that this is wrong,but being strange does not mean something is incorrect.
    Please I need a Counterargument.

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    Re: More than my job's worth

    Quote Originally Posted by gurpreetgill4u View Post
    I want to use this sentence to mean that a thing not an activity is something that I can not get through this job and to get this thing I need to change my job.
    For ex: This diamond is more than my job's worth : The cost of this diamond is more than my paycheck.
    We generally understand this expression as Tdol explained it. We would therefore not use 'This diamond is more than my job's worth' at all. To convey your meaning, we'd say something like "This diamond costs more than I earn in a year".
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 05-Aug-2015 at 08:15. Reason: Changing 'emsr2d2' to 'Tdol'.

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    Re: More than my job's worth

    It would be more than your job's worth if someone asked you to steal it and you might get caught.

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