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I have heard people say, "It's your gig" when they intend to say, "It's your choice after all." For example:

I have said all I wanted to say. Now it's your gig.

The intention is that the listener is the one who has to decide then.

What does "gig" mean here? Gig seems to have multiple meanings in dictionaries but I am unable to find what fits well in this phrase. Also, does "It's your gig" have any history or specific etymology?

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Please can you give more context for the utterance? Also, have you looked up gig in a dictionary? What has that told you? – Matt E. Эллен Mar 25 '12 at 12:06
Acc. to dictionaries, gig may mean: two-wheeled carriage, light boat, spear for fishing, Gigabyte or a booking for musicians. Phew! – Bravo Mar 25 '12 at 12:09
The context is this: on a couple of occasions I have heard people say something to the tune of, "I have said all I wanted to say. Now it's your gig." The intention is that the listener is the one who has to decide then. – Bravo Mar 25 '12 at 12:11
Gig: a job, especially one that is temporary or that has an uncertain future. "he secured his first gig as an NFL coach" – Mazura Jul 31 at 1:26

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It's an extension from it's your call/show/shout/turn, where gig alludes to the now-popular sense of a live performance by or engagement for a musician or group playing popular or jazz music.

Probably in many contexts your gig could be replaced by your turn [to perform now], but it's also used in the call sense (i.e. - as you're the "star of the show", you have free choice over the details).

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I feel like it means "now you're in charge" more often than "now it's your turn" – Timothy Jones Mar 25 '12 at 23:15
@Timothy Jones: Agreed. It's not particularly common anyway - just a couple of dozen instances on Google in total for "Well it's your gig" plus "But it's your gig". There'd be hundreds of thousands, if not millions, for both those forms with "choice". I certainly don't see anything in the few hits for "your gig" suggesting anything to do with getting a job (except when it's musicians talking literally). – FumbleFingers Mar 25 '12 at 23:33

Gig has often meant gigs for musicians, as Shyam said. However, it has today evolved to slang for almost any kind of job or reservation on your time. From this context, "it's your gig" could be a congratulatory remark saying that you got the job, or it may simply signify or reiterate your ownership of the said job.

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Back in the 60's we used it as a slang to describe anything from a party to a single performance attended by others, i.e., Hey man it's your gig.

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Gigs, are small wooden water crafts that have a coxswain and varied numbers of oars depending on the size of the boat.

Their purpose was to act as transport for crew of ships that were anchored outside of the harbor. They were designed for speed because the boat that got to the larger ships first, got the job. Hence, "It's your gig."

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Do you have a source for this? This is an interesting etymology, but with nothing to back it up it feels lacking. – Matt E. Эллен Jun 15 at 7:43

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