Definition of call it a day in English:

call it a day

phrase

Definition of call it a day in English:

call it a day

phrase

  • End a period of activity, especially resting content that enough has been done.

    ‘we were prepared to do another long march before calling it a day’
    • ‘After two years of getting up at 6am he decided to call it a day.’
    • ‘She has spent over forty years looking after the people of Kildavin and decided to call it a day.’
    • ‘And at 60 for two, with 13 overs of play still scheduled, both sides agreed to call it a day.’
    • ‘But poorish health and frustration with the constant squabbling at the academy made him decide to call it a day.’
    • ‘An hour or so later, Kelley and Eben had decided to call it a day and get to bed.’
    • ‘With the wind increasing, the heavy rain being blown in my face I decided to call it a day.’
    • ‘An hour or so of being battered by wind and rain, with only one small fish each, we decided to call it a day.’
    • ‘At this point, late in the afternoon, I decided to call it a day and head back to camp.’
    • ‘The shopkeepers also downed their shutters and the other establishments also decided to call it a day.’
    • ‘The group called it a day after Charlie Simpson decided to leave.’
    • ‘However, at 52 he has decided to call it a day and let his colleagues carry on the work.’
    • ‘Worn out by years of struggling for proper financing, she decided to call it a day.’
    • ‘After a few more takes Stanley wisely decided to call it a day.’
    • ‘We decided to call it a day and wend our way back to York by as many country lanes as possible.’
    • ‘Our legs were beginning to ache so we decided to call it a day.’
    • ‘We were late arrivals and calling it a day, we decided just after midnight to put our heads down for the night.’
    • ‘After half a century of haircutting, an Amesbury salon owner has decided to hang up his scissors and call it a day.’
    • ‘It was when Alvar hit his head on a low branch that overhung the trail that they decided to call it a day.’
    • ‘But what is certain is that when these two great champions do decide to call it a day, the game of tennis will be all the poorer for it.’
    • ‘It's not a fun job, scanning negatives, and I decided to call it a day when I'd finished the first film.’
    admit defeat, concede defeat, stop trying, give up, give in, surrender, capitulate, be beaten
    despair, lose heart, abandon hope, give up hope
    throw in the sponge, throw in the towel
    drop one's bundle
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