Definition of day job in English:

day job


  • A person’s regular job and main source of income, typically as contrasted with a more enjoyable occupation or hobby.

    ‘he funds his films with money earned from his day job as a manager’
    • ‘Juggling his day job running the timber yard with the demands of a young family involves making sacrifices.’
    • ‘When I finally stopped my day job and had the luxury of working on a scene for a week, it made all the difference.’
    • ‘Gavilan's day job—though he is not very successful at it—is as a real estate broker.’
    • ‘Later, as his literary aspirations stalled after the publication of a few early short stories, he acquired a day job.’
    • ‘What was the last day job you worked before you could support yourself with music and art?’
    • ‘Who knows, maybe Estrada could get another crack at his movie career if he loses his current day job.’
    • ‘The robust and skilful footballer retired at the age of 30 and concentrated on his day job.’
    • ‘He is planning to give up his day job as a call-centre worker if his bid as an independent candidate is successful.’
    • ‘Things have moved on rapidly since she gave up her day job as a teacher to pursue the business.’
    • ‘He sounds for all the world like every other not-very-good guitarist talking about his day job, doesn't he?’
    • ‘The show's about a guy who gives up his day job to find work as a movie and TV extra.’
    • ‘The holidays are finished now though and it's back to the day job for Mooro and his mates.’
    • ‘I was in my early twenties, a single mother with a day job and a dream of becoming a writer.’
    • ‘In his day job, he's an anaesthetist, so he is able to gauge levels of consciousness with accuracy.’
    • ‘She had a day job, but devoted her off time to the large garden she was in charge of.’
    • ‘I have often considered working for myself, repairing other's computers and quitting my day job.’
    • ‘All very well, but I'd rather save the excitement and effort for the day job.’
    • ‘This league is so simple, you can monitor it offline and without quitting your day job.’
    • ‘His commitment to a day job as a pre-school teacher also limited his time on the road.’
    • ‘All this cartooning would really be a lot easier to do if I didn't have this crazy day job.’
    position of employment, position, post, situation, place, appointment, posting, placement, day job
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