day job


Definition of day job

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

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The Hong Kong police has the hardest day-to-day job in dealing with radical protesters, mostly youth, who have learnt to self-organize via social media to cause regular havoc here and there. Christine Loh, Time, "Hong Kong People Know That They Are Better Than Their Current Politics," 7 Sep. 2019 The volunteers were in their regular day-to-day jobs when the shooting call first came in. David Shortell And Amanda Jackson, CNN, "These are some of the people who helped save others during the Virginia Beach shooting," 4 June 2019 Perhaps a share of Cleveland's roster could in fact quit their day jobs in order to pursue a career in acting. Michael Shapiro,, "Browns Perfectly Recreate 'Friends' Intro, Release Video After Win Over Jets," 16 Sep. 2019 Severely depressed and unable to work her day job when the movie starts, Corine is soon sent by friend and fellow sound mixer, Marc (Arieh Worthalter), to record a Mongolian shaman ceremony for a documentary in progress. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'A Bigger World' ('Un monde plus grand'): Film Review | Venice 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 Schureman, who took over the program partway through the 2013 season from Germaine (as his day job away from the school became demanding), went back to being the offensive line coach this year. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Queen Creek football aims for championship season with Joe Germaine back as head coach," 29 Aug. 2019 To make a little extra money to supplement his day job running a hydroponic farming company, my buddy Mitch Hagney started driving a party bike in San Antonio. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "Are You Even Having a Good Time If It’s Not on a Party Bike?," 8 Aug. 2019 In other words, Sanders was not running away from his socialist bona fides, but also didn’t see them as always relevant to his day job. Matthew Zeitlin, The New Republic, "Bernie’s Red Vermont," 13 June 2019 Abueva recovers and Jones resumes his day job of playing basketball as play resumes., "Watch: Former NBA player and Jefferson High School star Terrence Jones clotheslined by an opponent during a game in the Philippines," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of day job

1971, in the meaning defined above

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