day job


Definition of day job 

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

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While her father, brothers, and much of the political class keep up a breakneck campaign-trail pace, Ivanka seems to be sticking to her day job. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Ivanka Trump's Curious Absence From the Midterm Campaign Trail," 29 Oct. 2018 Musk is speaking entrepreneur, but Olson and Brettschneider are just two people who left pretty good day jobs to work the land. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Kimbal Musk Is Reinventing Food One Shipping Container at a Time," 24 Oct. 2018 Newsom ran a brilliant campaign, aided by relative youth (50), good looks and charm — often underestimated in media analysis — and a nice-sounding if inconsequential day job: lieutenant governor. George Skelton,, "Newsom ran a brilliant campaign, but voters deserve some details by November," 7 June 2018 With Myers likely to see time in both left and right field, Pirela will have to hold off Hunter Renfroe, Alex Dickerson, Franchy Cordero, Travis Jankowski and Matt Szczur to secure his first opening-day job. Jeff Sanders,, "Padres outfield battle to intensify as Myers leaves first base to Hosmer," 18 Feb. 2018 Crook plays Andy, scuffling with day jobs while studying to become an archaeologist. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Detectorists' Season 3: TV Review," 15 Jan. 2018 Arden, whose day job is creating scents for art installations, wears a sumptuous wardrobe of vintage and antique pieces, layered and tied into fantastical combinations. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Meet @Olddrag, the Instagrammer Dressing Up In All Things, Well, Old," 5 Sep. 2018 After interviewing both of them, the chemical engineer — his day-to-day job sounded a little more exciting than the petroleum engineer. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Oak Ridge High School valedictorian, salutatorian share their future goals," 25 May 2018 The faire is open weekends only because many of the characters are volunteers who have day jobs and play alongside guests every weekend. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek,, "The Bristol Renaissance Faire takes guests back to 1599," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of day job

1971, in the meaning defined above

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