Definition of day job in English:

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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His commitment to a day job as a pre-school teacher also limited his time on the road.’
    • ‘Gavilan's day job—though he is not very successful at it—is as a real estate broker.’
    • ‘Juggling his day job running the timber yard with the demands of a young family involves making sacrifices.’
    • ‘He is planning to give up his day job as a call-centre worker if his bid as an independent candidate is successful.’
    • ‘Later, as his literary aspirations stalled after the publication of a few early short stories, he acquired a day job.’
    • ‘This league is so simple, you can monitor it offline and without quitting your day job.’
    • ‘In his day job, he's an anaesthetist, so he is able to gauge levels of consciousness with accuracy.’
    • ‘He sounds for all the world like every other not-very-good guitarist talking about his day job, doesn't he?’
    • ‘The show's about a guy who gives up his day job to find work as a movie and TV extra.’
    • ‘She had a day job, but devoted her off time to the large garden she was in charge of.’
    • ‘What was the last day job you worked before you could support yourself with music and art?’
    • ‘The robust and skilful footballer retired at the age of 30 and concentrated on his day job.’
    • ‘The holidays are finished now though and it's back to the day job for Mooro and his mates.’
    • ‘When I finally stopped my day job and had the luxury of working on a scene for a week, it made all the difference.’
    • ‘I have often considered working for myself, repairing other's computers and quitting my day job.’
    • ‘I was in my early twenties, a single mother with a day job and a dream of becoming a writer.’
    • ‘Who knows, maybe Estrada could get another crack at his movie career if he loses his current day job.’
    position of employment, position, post, situation, place, appointment, posting, placement, day job


day job

/ˈdā ˌjäb/ /ˈdeɪ ˌdʒɑb/


    don't quit your day job
    • Used as a humorous way of advising someone not to pursue something at which they are unlikely to be successful.

      • ‘to anyone considering life as an influencer, I 'd say, don't quit the day job without money in the bank’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My advice is that he should not quit his day job.’
      • ‘Many thanks to all of those who submitted captions—just do us a favour and don't give up the day jobs.’
      • ‘Unless you were blessed with the genes of a supermodel or were reciting Shakespearean verse in the womb, there's a lot of truth in the old saying "don't give up the day job."’
      • ‘Some advice for the Bonos and Ronan Keatings of the world: don't give up the day job.’
      • ‘His show involved songs, poetry and acting, and was slated by some at the Edinburgh Fringe—don't give up the day job etc.’
      • ‘Don't give up your day job, darling, because you've got no future in singing, unless it's cleaning up Mariah Carey's dressing room when she stops in town.’
      • ‘If you're a country music hopeful riding the New York subway in search of a break, 'Don't give up the day job' is the kind of advice that'll leave you sobbing into your rhinestone-studded jump suit.’
      • ‘Memo to would-be Erin Brockoviches: Don't give up your day job.’
      • ‘He absolutely murderd an Elvis number—don't give up the day job, mate.’
      • ‘When it comes to me on TV, it's a case of 'don't give up the day job.'’
      • ‘When they tell you not to give up the day job, it's time to get worried.’
      • ‘I said it was the first time I'd been a hairdresser and he joked, 'Don't give up the day job.'’