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! Commented May 26, 2011 at 1:00
  • With the implication that it is a small job where you might fear that it would be considered a “favor” or where the payment might be booze or drugs or room and board while the job was being done.
    – jmoreno
    Commented Jun 24, 2022 at 1:30

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