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good day

a conventional expression used at meeting or parting during the daytime.
Origin of good day
Middle English word dating back to 1175-1225 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Come, Watson, for we have a good day's work before us in town.

    Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Thus in addition to the cost, the owner loses a good day's work.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • Seeing that he was old I supposed he was deaf, and shouted my "good day," and the remark that it was a very fine day.

    The Land's End W. H. Hudson
  • There is a squall coming up; it isn't a good day for the water.'

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards
  • But it will be a good day when I hear there the steps of the Signorino and of you.

    Up and Down Edward Frederic Benson
British Dictionary definitions for good day

good day

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a conventional expression of greeting or farewell used during the day
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for good day

salutation, late 14c., short for have a good day (c.1200). Good morning is c.1400, gode morwene. Good night, also goodnight, is late 14c.; as an exclamation of surprise, from 1893.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with good day

good day

Also, good afternoon or evening or morning . Formal ways of saying “Hello” or “Goodbye.” For example, He began rather oddly by addressing the audience with Good day ,” or “ Good afternoon, ladies ,” said the sales clerk as we walked out . All these greetings represent an abbreviation of the now obsolete God give you a good day (afternoon, etc.) , which dates from about 1200. Also see good night
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