One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used as a humorous way of recommending someone not to pursue something at which they are unlikely to be successful.
- ‘If you're a country music hopeful riding the New York subway in search of a break, 'Don't give up the day job' is the kind of advice that'll leave you sobbing into your rhinestone-studded jump suit.’
- ‘Unless you were blessed with the genes of a supermodel or were reciting Shakespearean verse in the womb, there's a lot of truth in the old saying "don't give up the day job."’
- ‘When it comes to me on TV, it's a case of 'don't give up the day job.'’
- ‘He absolutely murderd an Elvis number—don't give up the day job, mate.’
- ‘Memo to would-be Erin Brockoviches: Don't give up your day job.’
- ‘Here's a tip to the doorman: don't give up the day job!’
- ‘His show involved songs, poetry and acting, and was slated by some at the Edinburgh Fringe—don't give up the day job etc.’
- ‘Some advice for the Bonos and Ronan Keatings of the world: don't give up the day job.’
- ‘I said it was the first time I'd been a hairdresser and he joked, 'Don't give up the day job.'’
- ‘The supermodel-turned-actress is adequate as eye candy but shouldn't give up the day job just yet.’
- ‘Many thanks to all of those who submitted captions—just do us a favour and don't give up the day jobs.’
- ‘When they tell you not to give up the day job, it's time to get worried.’
- ‘This singer should heed the old maxim and not quit her day job.’
- ‘My advice is that he should not quit his day job.’
- ‘Don't give up your day job, darling, because you've got no future in singing, unless it's cleaning up Mariah Carey's dressing room when she stops in town.’
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