Definition of call it a day in English:

call it a day

phrase

  • 1

    see day
  • 2End 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’
    • ‘We were late arrivals and calling it a day, we decided just after midnight to put our heads down for the night.’
    • ‘After a few more takes Stanley wisely 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.’
    • ‘It was when Alvar hit his head on a low branch that overhung the trail that they decided to call it a day.’
    • ‘It's not a fun job, scanning negatives, and I decided to call it a day when I'd finished the first film.’
    • ‘Worn out by years of struggling for proper financing, she decided to call it a day.’
    • ‘The shopkeepers also downed their shutters and the other establishments also decided to call it a day.’
    • ‘However, at 52 he has decided to call it a day and let his colleagues carry on the work.’
    • ‘After two years of getting up at 6am he decided to call it a day.’
    • ‘After half a century of haircutting, an Amesbury salon owner has decided to hang up his scissors and 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.’
    • ‘And at 60 for two, with 13 overs of play still scheduled, both sides agreed 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.’
    • ‘But poorish health and frustration with the constant squabbling at the academy made him decide to call it a day.’
    • ‘Our legs were beginning to ache so we decided to call it a day.’
    • ‘The group called it a day after Charlie Simpson decided to leave.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She has spent over forty years looking after the people of Kildavin and decided to call it a day.’
    admit defeat, concede defeat, stop trying, give up, give in, surrender, capitulate, be beaten
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