day job


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

Examples of day job in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of day job was in 1971

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“Day job.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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