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What does "work on side gigs" mean?

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Employees who remained at Yahoo struggled to motivate themselves amid all the uncertainty. Some worked on side gigs in the office. Many feared more layoffs, with or without a sale."

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    Have you looked up side and gig in a dictionary? What does that tell you? – StoneyB Jul 28 '16 at 16:00
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this was cross posted on ELL and ELU. Please only post questions on one site. – Catija Jul 28 '16 at 16:23
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    @Catija - I agree that questions should only be posted on one site. That said, I'm surprised you'd vote to close here rather than there. This seems to be more of a learner's question than a "serious linguists" question. Seems odd that it was closed promptly here and left open there. C'est la vie. – J.R. Jul 28 '16 at 21:08
  • @J.R. I can't VTC on ELU and I felt that the answer there was more thorough than the one here, so I felt that it would be better if that was the one that remained. – Catija Jul 28 '16 at 21:25
  • @Cat - Poor use of pronouns on my part. I guess I just meant to say that I'm surprised the question was closed here and left open there. – J.R. Jul 29 '16 at 8:36
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This means that they were working on other jobs at the same time, or doing other things in the office.

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