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Meaning: easy, undemanding (of a job or a lifestyle)

For example:

  • I'd like one of those cushy government jobs with loads of holidays and not much real work.

  • Steve quit the cushy job he had in his father's company. He says it didn't challenge him enough.

Origin: From the Hindi word "khush", meaning "pleasure". Hindi is one of many Indian languages that contributed words to "Anglo-Indian" from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. This word was then borrowed by British English around the time of World War One.

Quick Quiz:

My cousin Frank has a really cushy job in the tax department. It's perfect for Frank because all he wants is
  1. a life of adventure
  2. a secure, stress-free life
  3. a challenging job

Discuss: cushy

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