day job

noun

Definition of day job

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

Examples of day job in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a mom with a full-time day job and a fulfilling but challenging side gig, I’ve long been used to robbing Mary to pay Peter and Paul. Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, "Seeking clarity," 13 Oct. 2020 And there is a chef who goes insane immediately (or eventually) because cooking 5-star food in a tiny kitchen (while throwing scraps together for the crew mess) is a high-tension 30-hour-a-day job. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The politics of Below Deck," 12 Oct. 2020 Many people don’t realize that the mayor is a volunteer position in Talent, says Darby Ayers-Flood, between calls at her day job running the Best Western in nearby Medford. Diana Markosian, National Geographic, "Everything west of this small town avenue is intact. Everything else is gone.," 7 Oct. 2020 The former mayor had launched an initiative to help the homeless by giving them day job, paying them to clean up the streets. Martha Shade, CNN, "How a TED Talk and a used van turned this teen into a fighter for the homeless," 21 Sep. 2020 In choosing medicine rather than, as so many poets do, a college faculty post as his day job, Williams was better able to avoid the arid abstractions of the academy. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "The Poetry of the Prosaic," 2 Oct. 2020 Trump, instead, has maintained that the best preparation is doing his day job — particularly his frequent and often contentious interactions with reporters. Steve Peoples And Zeke Miller, chicagotribune.com, "How Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are preparing for first presidential debate," 26 Sep. 2020 Trump, instead, has maintained that the best preparation is doing his day job — particularly his frequent and often contentious interactions with reporters. Arkansas Online, "How Trump, Biden are preparing for first presidential debate," 26 Sep. 2020 Parent’s day job is executive director for the nonprofit Circulate San Diego, which counts Affirmed Housing as an organizational member. San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Mesa, blindsided by county’s plan to use Holiday Inn to house homeless, to speak out today," 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of day job

1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Day job.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/day%20job. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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