Definition of day job in English:

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day job


A person’s regular job and main source of income, typically as contrasted with a more enjoyable occupation or hobby: he funds his films with money earned from his day job as a manager
More example sentences
  • Things have moved on rapidly since she gave up her day job as a teacher to pursue the business.
  • All very well, but I'd rather save the excitement and effort for the day job.
  • All this cartooning would really be a lot easier to do if I didn't have this crazy day job.


don't give up the (or your) day job

informal Used as a humorous way of recommending someone not to pursue something at which they are unlikely to be successful.
Example sentences
  • Here's a tip to the doorman: don't give up the day job!
  • This singer should heed the old maxim and not quit her day job.
  • The supermodel-turned-actress is adequate as eye candy but shouldn't give up the day job just yet.
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