one's regular job and main source of income, usually viewed in contrast to a speculative or irregular endeavor: Good luck in the lottery, but don't quit your day job.
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How to use day job in a sentence
One department launched an internal investigation after the Press and ProPublica identified an officer logging nearly 28 straight work hours between his day job and his moonlighting.How the Police Bank Millions Through Their Union Contracts | by Andrew Ford, Asbury Park Press, and Agnes Chang, Jeff Kao and Agnel Philip, ProPublica | February 8, 2021 | ProPublica
This is the hardest thing that I’ve been involved with in my 40-plus years of having a day job.How Three Minor League Teams Saved Hometown Baseball | Nick Fouriezos | February 3, 2021 | Ozy
A slew of moderate Republican governors whose day job is forging consensus could also remake the party in their image.
She quit her day job and began to work on the project full time.Startups are racing to reproduce breast milk in the lab | Katie McLean | December 18, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
He switched from morning dialysis to night sessions, because he wanted a full-time day job with insurance.For Years, JaMarcus Crews Tried to Get a New Kidney, but Corporate Healthcare Stood in the Way | by Lizzie Presser | December 15, 2020 | ProPublica
And still, because their day-job world seems so shallow and so removed, we laugh.Why Does Congress Listen to Celebrities like Ben Affleck? | Tim Teeman | February 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was an all-day job, however, and another night was fairly upon me before I started for Oneida, sixteen miles away.On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck | R. Pitcher Woodward
All this time Wight was as cool and possessed as if it was an every-day job with him.
Their every-day job, in short, is to get something well done with maximum dispatch and at minimum expense.The Knack of Managing | Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson
The next week he got only a half-day job, taking a party of ladies and gentlemen across the lake.All Adrift | Oliver Optic
An' didn't I have to turn down his offer an' hang on to a dollar-a-day job?Oh, You Tex! | William Macleod Raine