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I was invited to do a project for someone, and she mentioned "Obviously this is a paying gig."

What exactly would this mean?

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It is an informal phrase to refer to a job that will pay money. Originally, a gig was an informal term for an engagement to play by a musician, and it has since extended to apply to any job.

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Plus one for hep-cats! – Mike Christian May 26 '11 at 1:00

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