day job


Definition of day job

: one's regular employment as contrasted with an occasional, secondary, or coveted job

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But being a Princess with a day job isn't always easy. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth's Visit to Somerset Today Has a Special Tie to Her Granddaughter Princess Eugenie," 28 Mar. 2019 That Alexander was able to nurture her music while working an administrative day job at the University of Illinois at Chicago for 25 years says a great deal about her commitment to her art. Howard Reich,, "Singer Dee Alexander keeps expanding her world," 17 May 2018 The cohosts were singing Duncan’s praise: Hoover sported a T-shirt printed with the brand’s name in bold letters, while Brill lauded Duncan for having the gumption to launch a line of clothing while juggling her day job. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "A Flock of Cool Girls Celebrated the Launch of Womenswear Label Duncan," 11 Feb. 2019 The promise of deep discounts has drawn customers back to Sears, making the day-to-day job more difficult, said a dozen employees interviewed by The Wall Street Journal this month. Chip Cutter, WSJ, "For Sears Workers, a Chaotic, Heartbreaking Last Christmas," 23 Dec. 2018 Sampaio is a fan of showering at night, which makes sense considering her day job requires her to wear pounds of makeup and hair products. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Supermodel Sara Sampaio's Entire Nighttime Skin Routine," 20 Nov. 2018 But being a Princess with a day job isn't always easy. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Princess Eugenie's Role in the Royal Family Is Very Different From Prince Harry's," 2 Oct. 2018 The underlying argument here is the notion from Giuliani that the Russia investigation is getting in the way of Trump's day job, which is being President. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "Why is Trump's Russia lawyer making North Korea announcements?," 3 May 2018 Why fans -- and their moms -- grind through 24-hour social media shifts and take leave from day jobs to help drive their idols up the charts. Jackie Kolgraf, Billboard, "How Fans of BTS, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift & More Are Changing Music Marketing," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of day job

1971, in the meaning defined above

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