day job

noun

Definition of day job 

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

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For the first few years of the company’s life, Eleanor worked a day job at a consulting firm so that Chad could design the product and shepherd it to market. Scott Kirsner, BostonGlobe.com, "Why one Boston home security startup caught on and another didn’t," 12 July 2018 Those gains weren’t the handiwork of any of the hundreds of Goldman professionals whose day jobs are to invest in companies. Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, "Goldman Sachs Bankers Moonlight as Venture Capitalists," 17 June 2018 None of them take themselves too seriously and most have unrelated day jobs. Jason Ward, Los Angeles Magazine, "A Peek Inside the Private Lives of L.A.’s Celebrity Look-Alikes," 16 May 2018 In a year and a half of existence, Tech for Campaigns has become a kind of Democratic Geek Squad — a national volunteer network consisting of more than 4,500 tech workers with day jobs at companies like Google, Facebook, Netflix and Airbnb. New York Times, "4,500 Tech Workers, 1 Mission: Get Democrats Elected," 13 July 2018 The company of six employees includes her fiance, Christopher Basilico, a research engineer with a day job at PDC Machines Inc. in Warminster, who is Tozuda’s chief technology officer. Diane Mastrull, Philly.com, "Hey Philly area start-ups, click here if you have what it takes to win our Stellar StartUps contest," 31 May 2018 Right now, Douglas, who still tends goal and whose day job is covering Congress for McClatchy’s Washington bureau, is chasing a story on whether Devante Smith-Pelly jerseys are selling out. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Stanley Cup photo ops aren’t enough, Caps. Cough up some money for kids of color.," 14 June 2018 How about this one from Canadian Garret Rank, a 30-year-old whose day job is as an NHL referee? Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "US Open 2018: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson still moving US Open needle," 13 June 2018 The Wales side was managed by Jimmy Murphy, whose day job was being second in command to Matt Busby at Manchester United. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 2 Days to Go - What if the John Charles Was Fully Fit for the 1958 World Cup?," 12 June 2018

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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