Definition of day in English:



  • 1A period of twenty-four hours as a unit of time, reckoned from one midnight to the next, corresponding to a rotation of the earth on its axis.

    • ‘I love him dearly but could never contemplate having to live with him twenty four hours a day seven days a week every day of the year.’
    • ‘They can last for days, weeks or months and vary from mild to severe.’
    • ‘His last visitors had been more than a month ago, thirty-two days to be precise.’
    • ‘We then compared the total numbers of patients on each day of each lunar month.’
    • ‘The decisions made in the first minutes, days and months will shape it for years to come.’
    • ‘Migraines tend to occur at intervals; there may be days, weeks or months between attacks.’
    • ‘The workshops will run for one and a half hours five days a week for one month at a time.’
    • ‘It will take the next few days, months and years for the families to try to recover from this.’
    • ‘Earlier this month he spent ten days in the city which will host this year's Olympics in August.’
    • ‘There is a consensus now among the war planners that the war may take months, not days or weeks.’
    • ‘Each post carries a salary of £7,931 a year for a commitment of two days a month.’
    • ‘He was jailed for six months and 14 days and banned from driving for two years.’
    • ‘She had been back for a total of two months and five days and already she was a target.’
    • ‘Seeing that tomorrow is the first day of another month I must make some real resolutions for February.’
    • ‘Their spouses always complain about not seeing them for days, months or even years.’
    • ‘Why should people have to suffer their last days, months or even years on Earth in pain and misery?’
    • ‘She received physiotherapy treatments for her back five days a week for a three month period.’
    • ‘There ought to be twenty-nine days in every month, not just leap year Februaries.’
    • ‘The years, months, days, hours drift by, and you can hear it getting louder.’
    • ‘The appeals process took a total of seven years, one month, and fifteen days.’
    twenty-four-hour period, full day, twenty-four hours, working day
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    1. 1.1The part of a day when it is light; the time between sunrise and sunset.
      ‘she sleeps all day and goes out at night’
      ‘the animals hunt by day’
      • ‘By day, it would reveal a planet as awesomely beautiful and abundant in natural wealth as ever.’
      • ‘Even the diffused light of a cloudy day provides enough energy to produce a current.’
      • ‘By day I was glued to my walkman, walking round in a daze listening to the show.’
      • ‘Then, he headed for Egypt and saw the whole country in two weeks, travelling by night, exploring by day.’
      • ‘By day he works as the personal assistant for the boss of a haulage firm.’
      • ‘This is the first day with light winds which would mean a longer roll out on the cart.’
      • ‘By day we chase the enemy back four trenches; by night they send us down to the sea.’
      • ‘Fires should not be lit on a windy day because wind-driven sparks and hot ash can start blazes elsewhere.’
      • ‘Alphaeus had now fully risen, and was lighting the cloudless day with ease.’
      • ‘By day the sunshine and palm trees can make it seem like paradise, a true City of Angels.’
      • ‘By day, it's a video gallery, with tall white walls, a huge dome and a giant blue ball.’
      • ‘Now she works at an administrative job by day but is a filmmaker at night and on the weekends.’
      • ‘Some days, it's hard to even raise my head from under the duvet as I lie in my favourite foetal position, warm and safe.’
      • ‘Moths bob around in balls of phosphorescent light, and the day's heat emanates from the ground.’
    2. 1.2The part of a day spent working.
      ‘he works an eight-hour day’
      • ‘Down on the farm my job for the day is to feed the pot-bellied pigs.’
      • ‘My last day in this job is rapidly approaching and I think I have the perfect itinerary planned.’
      • ‘Doesn't every footballer need to slip into something more comfortable after a hard day on the pitch?’
      • ‘We had also put in some hard days in training and in planning for the game.’
      • ‘The warm water is lovely and relaxing - and guaranteed to remove the stresses and strains of a hard day.’
      • ‘A night out was just the tonic I needed after three whole days of hard work.’
      • ‘It is an excellent way to spend a chilly evening and a great way to wind down after a hard day.’
      • ‘His pride got the better of him and he agreed - on condition that she did his job for a day.’
      • ‘With the glass empty, Australians will hand over power to ensure a beer after a hard day's work.’
      • ‘We have had two hard days on the water and I have come nearly to the limit of my endurance.’
      • ‘Working eight-hour days, it has been hard for the cast to stay focused and nerves do occasionally fray.’
      • ‘He denied he had been nervous and said it had just been a hard day.’
      • ‘The workers' last paycheck only paid them through noon of their final day on the job.’
      • ‘After a hard day at the office they couldn't possibly be expected to cook for themselves, could they?’
      • ‘The captain has had a hard day with no break and is ready to eat and relax a little.’
      • ‘Besides the regulars, there are some who come here to relax especially after a hard day.’
      • ‘While it might be dark before we get home from work now, at least there'll be light to start the day.’
      • ‘They have to be content with a few hundred rupees after a hard day's labour at sea.’
      • ‘I'm based in Naas but travel throughout the day in my job so have to move around a lot.’
      • ‘By the end of the first day all my hard work was repaid in smiles, memories and new friends.’
    3. 1.3Astronomy
      A single rotation of a planet in relation to its primary.
      • ‘Why do we not get a total eclipse once every 28 days i.e. once every lunar orbit?’
    4. 1.4Astronomy
      The period on a planet when its primary star is above the horizon.
    5. 1.5archaic Daylight.
      ‘by the time they had all gone it was broad day’
      • ‘Hayes breathed out in reverence as he watched the day spreading across the planet.’
  • 2A particular period of the past; an era.

    ‘the laws were very strict in those days’
    • ‘It is an ancient village, a very important village in days gone by.’
    • ‘In days gone by we were able to explain wars in simple terms of good and evil.’
    • ‘She had many stories and recollections from days gone by.’
    • ‘People dressed up in period costume to re-enact days gone by.’
    • ‘It would be a fine thing to have food prepared as it was for festive occasions in days gone by.’
    • ‘The staff have a thousand stories of golf stars who have stayed at the hotel in days gone by.’
    • ‘In days gone by, you tended not to travel as far or as much as you do today.’
    • ‘He was a pleasant man who tended to tell horrible jokes and reminisce too much about days gone by.’
    • ‘It's not far from here down to the Thames, and the river was even closer in days gone by.’
    • ‘He was happy to meet the old men of the village and talk of the days gone by.’
    • ‘As we think back to days gone by, we tend to focus on certain sounds, smells or tastes.’
    • ‘Most of the time, he did not have the time or energy to think of days gone by.’
    • ‘I believe similar blood flows in the veins of men and women such as flowed in the veins of the martyrs in days gone by.’
    • ‘The island's only stately home is a testament to the grandeur of days gone by.’
    • ‘In days gone by it was a refreshing experience eating at someone else's house.’
    • ‘Horses should not be just something from days gone by, but part of the future.’
    • ‘There are the usual family shots, newspaper clippings, and other photos of days gone by.’
    • ‘On a normal week day I had around 40 houses to deliver to and in those days a single daily paper was pretty slim.’
    • ‘The old forge, which was very much part of rural Ireland in days gone by, is also worth viewing.’
    • ‘In days gone by, traffic wardens were known as the extra police force, for parking and traffic control.’
    period, time, point in time, age, era, epoch, generation
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    1. 2.1The present time.
      ‘the political issues of the day’
      • ‘The festival provides an opportunity for people to connect with important science of the day.’
      • ‘They feature a wide diversity of opinion concerning the war and other social and political issues of the day.’
      • ‘These are large meetings convened by the Council to focus on some strategic concerns of the day.’
    2. 2.2[with adjective]A day associated with a particular event or purpose.
      ‘graduation day’
      ‘Christmas Day’
      • ‘He became more aware of the significance of the event on the day of the funeral.’
      • ‘The first day of the event, held at the Palace of Sports, was devoted to team matches.’
      • ‘World War I and the beginning of the Holocaust are also associated with this day.’
      • ‘He recounts the events of that day as though he were still a policeman dictating a confession.’
      • ‘It is essentially a family day with lots of events for the enjoyment of young and old.’
      • ‘It also vindicated her version of events on that tragic day in the Outback.’
      • ‘We thought long and hard about cancelling the event, but the day is all about families having fun.’
      • ‘The company will also be providing bike maintenance service at the shop before the event and on the day.’
      • ‘Apart from being fascinated by the size of the space, the event was a huge day of realisation for a lot of us.’
      • ‘I need not repeat the history of the relevant events on the day of the accident.’
      • ‘Events at the fun day will include a bouncy castle, fun fair rides, face painting and various stalls.’
      • ‘A call centre has been set up to deal with any problems before the event and on the day of the walk.’
      • ‘It's important to remember the events of that terrible day, otherwise we run the risk of forgetting.’
      • ‘All in all, about 20 volunteers are needed on the day to make the event run as smoothly as possible.’
      • ‘He describes the event as a family day.’
      • ‘The purpose of this day is primarily to raise funds for Bothar, and to have a bit of fun in the process.’
      • ‘Many schools and libraries mark the day with events that pick up literacy as a theme.’
      • ‘The second day is a slalom event where sailors race around a short course with many turns.’
      • ‘I am drawn back to the photo of me on graduation day with my pink furry hood up over my head.’
      • ‘They baked buns to sell at school to start the fundraising then took part in various events on the day.’
    3. 2.3[usually with modifier]A particular period in a person's life or career.
      ‘my student days’
      • ‘It remained an inside joke, loved only by aging graduates who were reminded of their student days.’
      • ‘It was really fun hearing about his acting days at grammar school, and hearing about teachers.’
      • ‘The supposed twilight days of his career provided him with countless afternoons in the sun.’
      • ‘With encouragement from my father, he'd spent much of his schoolboy days training at a local gym.’
      • ‘Staging of dramas during his school and college days helped him in facing the camera.’
      • ‘Far more widespread is the network of close friendships, often going back to university days or previous jobs.’
      • ‘Her days as a single mother living on income support must now seem like a distant memory.’
      • ‘I remember in my childhood days when people believed in a multitude of signs or omens.’
      • ‘In the early days of Pete's career he dabbled with the idea of becoming a keyboard player.’
    4. 2.4The successful, fortunate, or influential period of a person's life or career.
      ‘he had been a matinée idol in his day’
      • ‘I’ve done a lot of different workouts in my day.’
      • ‘Although he has since been mostly forgotten, South was a very prominent astronomer in his day.’
    5. 2.5The span of someone's life.
      ‘she cared for him for the rest of his days’
      • ‘So she is living with us now and we will keep her for the rest of her days.’
      • ‘We had a meal I'll remember until the end of my days.’


  • all in a (or the) day's work

    • (of something unusual or difficult) accepted as part of someone's normal routine or as a matter of course.

      ‘dodging sharks is all in a day's work for these scientists’
      • ‘And standing knee-deep in sewage dealing with blocked waterways, pollution and flooding is all in a day's work for the 30-year-old from Nantwich.’
      • ‘For him and his business partner, environmental disasters are all in a day's work.’
      • ‘For a celebrity, spending $300 for less than two ounces of skin cream is all in a day's work.’
      • ‘Reporting accidents and injuries is all in a day's work for editorial staff at the Evening Press.’
      • ‘Anything from dog walking to helping youngsters with their sums - it's all in a day's work for two enterprising 14-year-olds from Thundersley.’
      • ‘Exciting stuff, but all in a day's work for Ms Lawlor.’
      • ‘For this professional photographer, being surrounded by beautiful babes in expensive frocks is all in a day's work.’
      • ‘Sizing up the competition, while simultaneously baiting the media, is all in a day's work for this budding entrepreneur.’
      • ‘Detecting drugs, explosives and human remains are all in a day's work for the dogs in the police force.’
      • ‘Helping a neighbour with their shopping, taking the dog for a walk or doing a spot of gardening is all in a day's work for these loyal volunteers.’
      • ‘Rearing turkeys and looking after other fowl was all in a day's work for Mae.’
      • ‘I have been doing it for 30 years so it is all in a day's work.’
      • ‘For the officer, it was all in a day's work, and he still dismisses the suggestion he is a hero.’
      • ‘For Mrs Lawrence, fighting for what she believes in is all in a day's work.’
      • ‘Bottle feeding 22 fox cubs night after night is not a task many people would relish - but for Veronica it's all in a day's work.’
  • any day

    • 1informal At any time or under any circumstances (used to express a strong opinion or preference)

      ‘I'd rather live in a shack in the woods than a penthouse in the city, any day’
      ‘you can take me dancing any day of the week’
      • ‘Me, I'd prefer to walk the streets of New York - any day of the week.’
      • ‘I would rather work in an office any day of the week, even an IT office, over caring for small kids.’
      • ‘I like a lively house, with good debates, on any day of the week.’
      • ‘Give me a decent book over the TV any day of the week.’
      • ‘I explained that such comparisons, if offered seriously in print, would lose a libel suit any day of the week.’
      • ‘I would still take the heat and humidity over the cold any day of the week.’
      • ‘They're people you would welcome as neighbours any day of the week.’
      • ‘Regardless of the quality of the opposition three goals and 12 points is a fair score any day of the week.’
      • ‘And he could take me in a fight any day of the week.’
      • ‘I'd rather have the Rolling Stones any day of the week.’
      • ‘Your life experience is more important than a communications, engineering, medicine or arts degree any day of the week.’
      • ‘I'll choose a company with ideals they're trying to live up to over a business that's aiming for the status quo any day of the week.’
      • ‘What's more, if I was there, I'd back that attractive, young candidate any day of the week.’
      1. 1.1Very soon.
        ‘she's expected to give birth any day’
        • ‘The August Issue of the Placebo Journal will be printed any day and mailed soon thereafter.’
        • ‘The ticket for Bob should be arriving any day soon.’
        • ‘In fact, I think they will agree that any day will be too soon.’
        • ‘Though the first broadcast of the radio station is due any day, the recording studio has yet to be built.’
        • ‘The elephant is just short of her first birthday and is due to give birth any day!’
        • ‘Looks like I should expect a knock at the door from the police any day soon.’
        • ‘The Republican convention is set to cruise into town any day.’
        • ‘Expect to see inquiries in Denmark, Poland and Spain any day soon.’
        • ‘There are no signs of either of these events coming to pass any day soon, but he is adamant that they will.’
  • at the end of the day

    • informal When everything is taken into consideration.

      ‘at the end of the day, I'm responsible for what happens in the school’
      • ‘I think it is all about money at the end of the day and I don't think it should be.’
      • ‘But at the end of the day there are policemen actually who are beginning to speak up.’
      • ‘Yet, at the end of the day, it's just another lousy Hollywood movie, so why all the fuss?’
      • ‘Because at the end of the day, nobody wants to make a decision which might affect their whole career.’
      • ‘By the very nature of the job, one side will hate you at the end of the day.’
      • ‘That, at the end of the day, may be his biggest achievement in the game that has made him a rich man.’
      • ‘But I should just not go into that because it is the choice of the woman at the end of the day not the man.’
      • ‘But, at the end of the day, they still do not have last say as to where your site will be listed.’
      • ‘If, at the end of the day, the decision becomes that of the patient, then how could it lead to murder?’
      • ‘I continued to study mathematics, and at the end of the day, that is what my degree is in.’
      • ‘And at the end of the day that is what trust in political leadership has to be all about.’
      • ‘Quite a lot of people have written us off, but at the end of the day that suits us.’
      • ‘Either way, the fish farmers will, once more, doubtlessly turn a profit at the end of the day.’
      • ‘Besides which, at the end of the day, I still have the love of you, my dear, dear readers.’
      • ‘I really hope it can be saved from closure but it is down to the Post Office at the end of the day.’
      ultimately, eventually, in the end, in the long run, at length, finally, sooner or later, in time, in the fullness of time, after some time, in the final analysis, when all is said and done, one day, some day, sometime, at last, at long last
      when push comes to shove
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    • informal

      see end
  • by the day

    • Gradually and steadily.

      ‘the campaign is growing by the day’
      • ‘The new companies were losing millions by the day but no-one seemed to care.’
      • ‘Opposition to the occupying forces seems to be growing stronger by the day.’
      • ‘What an astonishing scientific scandal this is, and growing by the day.’
      • ‘In the shanty towns the conditions of the poor grow worse by the day.’
      • ‘She's in seventh grade now, growing taller by the day and living life in the moment.’
      • ‘There's not enough firewood and Uncle Boris grows weaker by the day.’
      • ‘The parliament is gradually getting its act together and is growing in confidence by the day.’
      • ‘At the moment their numbers are small, but the audience for their ideas is growing by the day.’
      • ‘The casualty list has been mounting by the day.’
      • ‘Unfortunately neither would give in and so the gap gets wider by the day.’
      • ‘The obvious is becoming more obvious by the day, as this story from the Sunday Times makes clear.’
      • ‘This is a dynamic landscape, where the changes come by the day, by the hour.’
      • ‘They start quarrelling on trivial matters, which assume serious dimensions by the day.’
      • ‘Well now, it is getting closer to our moving date and i am feeling more and more drained by the day.’
      • ‘On a more positive note, Ollie's getting stronger by the day, and is sitting up on my lap right now.’
      • ‘The mood among the remaining staff was worsening by the day.’
      • ‘He is becoming more European by the day, almost in spite of himself.’
      • ‘The power of the nation state and its politicians wanes by the day.’
      • ‘I have a long list of people who I need to send emails to, and it's growing by the day.’
      • ‘And the case for that full-scale independent enquiry becomes stronger by the day.’
  • call it a day

    • 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’
      • ‘An hour or so later, Kelley and Eben had decided to call it a day and get to bed.’
      • ‘After a few more takes Stanley wisely decided 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.’
      • ‘It's not a fun job, scanning negatives, and I decided to call it a day when I'd finished the first film.’
      • ‘An hour or so of being battered by wind and rain, with only one small fish each, we decided to call it a day.’
      • ‘The group called it a day after Charlie Simpson decided to leave.’
      • ‘The shopkeepers also downed their shutters and the other establishments also decided to call it a day.’
      • ‘Worn out by years of struggling for proper financing, she decided to 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Our legs were beginning to ache so 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 were late arrivals and calling it a day, we decided just after midnight to put our heads down for the night.’
      • ‘She has spent over forty years looking after the people of Kildavin and 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.’
      • ‘At this point, late in the afternoon, I decided to call it a day and head back to camp.’
      • ‘After half a century of haircutting, an Amesbury salon owner has decided to hang up his scissors and call it a day.’
      • ‘With the wind increasing, the heavy rain being blown in my face I decided to call it a day.’
      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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  • day after day

    • On each successive day, especially over a long period.

      ‘the rain poured down day after day’
      • ‘There was only one tree outside her grandmother's house, and Rose sat underneath it day after day.’
      • ‘Working in an air conditioned building day after day certainly hasn't helped.’
      • ‘I don't know how much longer I could have gone on, seeing good theatre day after day.’
      • ‘Without question, it takes more than just good players to lure people out here day after day.’
      • ‘I would like to focus on crimes against women, which are mounting day after day.’
      • ‘The Little owls are often out during the day and often perch in the same place day after day.’
      • ‘If the media play the same theme day after day, the masses will accept it as fact, even in the absence of evidence.’
      • ‘Why would anybody report to work day after day to a place they simply detest?’
      • ‘This continued day after day, till late at night when Kano was at the point of exhaustion.’
      • ‘She said it was very sad to see the building falling into disrepair day after day.’
      • ‘The bridge has been making news for the wrong reasons almost day after day.’
      • ‘I doubt she read all of it, though I do recall the reading going on day after day for what seemed an eternity.’
      • ‘It's getting worse day after day, and no one has been able to put an end to it.’
      • ‘A Selby burglar who targeted the same shop, day after day, has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.’
      • ‘They would linger together, day after day, inhaling the scents of this faraway world.’
      • ‘I watched the flower in our backyard, day after day, as the huge purple petals unfolded.’
      • ‘I stood there on the streets, day after day, during those demonstrations.’
      • ‘Like his mother and his grandmother, he combed his hair day after day, collecting the hair that came loose.’
      • ‘I remember thinking, right in that moment, how he must wear away the streets, pacing up and down, day after day.’
      • ‘In the first three or four years, ballet means repeating several basic skills day after day.’
      repeatedly, again and again, time and again, time and time again, frequently, often, many times, many a time, time after time, on many occasions, many times over
      year in, year out, week in, week out, day in, day out, night and day, all the time
      persistently, recurrently, constantly, continuously, without a break, ceaselessly, relentlessly, continually, regularly, habitually, unfailingly, always
      ad nauseam
      24, 7
      many a time and oft, oft, oft-times
      daily, every day, a day at a time
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  • day and night

    • All the time.

      ‘they kept working, day and night’
      • ‘This question has haunted me day and night since I first moved to Calgary three years ago.’
      • ‘Our doctor, the health visitor and even the drivers worked day and night and exhausted the medicine.’
      • ‘The nurses had worked day and night for two weeks to get this ship ready to receive wounded.’
      • ‘Demetriou said he wondered day and night why his friend ended his life so brutally.’
      • ‘Like the miners, I was busy day and night, trying to get a church erected and furnished.’
      • ‘The construction crews work day and night to add more and more skyscrapers to the skylines.’
      • ‘They do a wonderful job day and night, hail, rain or snow, thinking of others and not themselves.’
      • ‘Making this decision is on my mind day and night.’
      • ‘His captain, Pullen said, wore his oilskins day and night, and vomited all the time.’
      • ‘Local police and hunters are working day and night to track the surviving wolves down.’
      • ‘They had been labouring day and night for many months to finish the palace.’
      • ‘And to add to their fury, the cars' alarms are going off day and night apparently for no reason.’
      • ‘Robin laughs non-stop day and night, pausing only for meals and medication breaks.’
      • ‘Organisers had a word of praise for the artists engaged day and night in the preparation of the idols.’
      • ‘Although cigarette buts are swept up each day it is hard to be at it day and night.’
      • ‘Meinertzhagen went into overdrive, working day and night to persuade staff and clients to stay.’
      • ‘People came into my house to answer the phone, which was ringing day and night.’
      always, all the time, the entire time, continually, continuously, persistently, repeatedly, regularly
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  • day by day

    • Gradually and steadily.

      ‘day by day I grew worse’
      • ‘Residents are less vocal, but the rumblings are getting louder day by day.’
      • ‘There are no guarantees but the signs are growing more encouraging day by day.’
      • ‘Inch by inch, day by day, his personal space is being annexed.’
      • ‘It's been a mild winter and, day by day, there's a little more warmth in the sunshine.’
      • ‘We're going to show you day by day, story by story that our credibility has been restored.’
      • ‘Of course, we are an island race, but perhaps less so, day by day.’
      • ‘The pressure for a full public inquiry is now growing day by day.’
      • ‘Something begins to grow - slowly, meticulously, thoughtfully, day by day, month after month.’
      • ‘Everyone accepts that the creek is environmentally degrading day by day, but no action is taken to arrest it.’
      • ‘When I was born I was very small, but I grew day by day and became a plump, chubby child.’
      • ‘The publication of curricular material, however, is decreasing day by day.’
      • ‘According to the curator of the gallery, paintings are gaining in importance day by day.’
      • ‘Education expanded and conditions were getting better day by day.’
      • ‘And yet our global demand for oil continues to increase, day by day.’
      • ‘As a matter of fact, the significance of media is increasing day by day.’
      • ‘If anything, it seemed to be increasing day by day as the truth of her situation gradually dawned on her.’
      • ‘It had slowly dwindled day by day as the news of his accident became old hat.’
      • ‘Not the one I would like, but one I am working to improve, day by day.’
      • ‘Everybody is doing worse economically day by day.’
      • ‘Our troops are doing their best to keep up with them, but they grow in number day by day.’
      gradually, bit by bit, by degrees, by stages, inchmeal, inch by inch, little by little, step by step, slowly, slowly but surely, steadily, progressively
      daily, every day, day after day, a day at a time
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  • day in, day out

    • Continuously or repeatedly over a long period of time.

      • ‘The job he did is done by police officers day in, day out.’’
      • ‘It was a tremendous amount of effort - day in, day out.’
      • ‘TEN hours a day, seven days a week, day in, day out, for the past thirteen years.’
      • ‘Detainees live day in, day out with agonising uncertainty about the duration of their detention.’
      • ‘Imagine how boring life would be if you had to stick to the same stuff day in, day out.’
      • ‘After enjoying the variety that my current job affords me, I don't know if I could go back to doing the same thing day in, day out.’
      • ‘Right up until my hard drive crashed, it booted fast, ran fast, and was stable - day in, day out.’
      • ‘‘Also, doing the same thing day in, day out, you are more prone to injuries,’ she says.’
      • ‘Hundreds upon hundreds of people pass through the doors day in, day out.’
      • ‘For 42 million people it's there day in, day out - a constant reminder of mortality.’
      • ‘The results are a tribute to all the staff at the Evening Press who work day in, day out to deliver a great service to our readers.’
      • ‘Royal duties day in, day out; week in, week out; year in, year out…’
      • ‘Whatever way you look at it, the sad fact remains that carnage continues on our roads day in, day out.’
      • ‘Ironically, Terri thinks he's ‘the most boring person alive’ because he works from dawn to dusk, day in, day out.’
      • ‘My condolences to the poor bus drivers who have to drive this route day in, day out.’
      • ‘For we mothers and fathers often wish to escape the terrifying job of being responsible for someone else day in, day out, for 18 or so years.’
      • ‘Would you want that person with you day in, day out, for years?’
      • ‘But our services and police do a heroic job for this country day in, day out.’
      • ‘We need a health debate that talks less about emergency care and more about what millions of people are living with day in, day out.’
      • ‘Have the police been there steadily, day in, day out?’
      repeatedly, again and again, time and again, time and time again, frequently, often, many times, many a time, time after time, day after day, on many occasions, many times over
      year in, year out, week in, week out, night and day, all the time
      persistently, recurrently, constantly, continuously, without a break, ceaselessly, relentlessly, continually, regularly, habitually, unfailingly, always
      ad nauseam
      24, 7
      many a time and oft, oft, oft-times
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  • day of reckoning

    • The time when past mistakes or misdeeds must be punished or paid for; a testing time when the degree of one's success or failure will be revealed.

      • ‘Some day, on that day of reckoning, they will have to account for their crime against human language!’
      • ‘If we continue along the pace we are now, it's unsustainable and there will have to be some day of reckoning.’
      • ‘The day of reckoning cannot be postponed indefinitely.’
      • ‘Buy-to-let may have postponed our day of reckoning, but it's still coming - and soon.’
      • ‘But the decadence and blindness on display in that nation simply mean that the inevitable day of reckoning will be that much more convulsive.’
      • ‘Finally, Is the day of reckoning for Bangalore's honeymoon with the IT sector closer than we expect?’
      • ‘This was the final hour, and his day of reckoning.’
      • ‘The worry is whether, given the huge imbalances in their economy, they may be postponing the day of reckoning.’
      • ‘If your employees don't do the work effectively or efficiently, then sooner or later the day of reckoning will come and the company will close.’
      • ‘After years of cavalier behaviour, the day of reckoning for the British insurance industry was long overdue.’
      • ‘And that day of reckoning, I think, is starting to show up in the dropping re - enlistment rates.’
      • ‘But there comes the day of reckoning when statements drop through the letter box and interest charges and penalty payments are revealed.’
      • ‘The day of reckoning soon came; the computer leasing companies took large write-offs and the business disappeared.’
      • ‘Continue on as you have and a day of reckoning will find you.’
      • ‘Economists say we may be headed toward a day of reckoning.’
      • ‘There will be a day of reckoning for our lying Prime Minister.’
      • ‘The statute of limitations on war crimes does not run out, and the day of reckoning will come.’
      • ‘Sunday was a day of reckoning, when the harshness of this past winter's riding made itself known.’
      • ‘He just hung on as long as he could until the day of reckoning.’
      • ‘When Jerry declines, Newman threatens him by shouting, ‘Your day of reckoning will come.’’
      judgement day, day of judgement, day of retribution, final accounting, final settlement
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  • for days

    • informal In large quantities.

      ‘she's talented, and she's got personality for days’
      ‘a tall, dark and handsome hunk with abs for days’
  • from day one

    • From the very beginning.

      ‘children need a firm hand from day one’
      • ‘But the one thing I'll give Jessica, she's had a great attitude about it from day one.’
      • ‘It's all about making those who come to the project feel comfortable from day one.’
      • ‘But it could be because we grew up with each other from day one.’
      • ‘He'd had Finnegan in his class since the very beginning, and from day one, he knew she was going to be a tough one.’
      • ‘He was determined, from day one, that this was not going to get out of control.’
      • ‘The film's makers were on the defensive from day one.’
      • ‘Hence, the idea is costing dollars from day one, and for an inferior product.’
      • ‘I was apprehensive about my daughter's choice of professions from day one.’
      • ‘Just because they're qualified doesn't mean they're productive from day one.’
      • ‘That is the quandary we have been in from day one.’
      • ‘I've had a very good relationship with him from day one, both professionally and personally, and it's still good now.’
      • ‘CNN Financial News correspondent Steve Young has been following this case from day one.’
      • ‘I've said from day one that my property is in good condition and I stick by that.’
      • ‘It's had this problem from day one and no one seems to care or notice.’
      • ‘But party observers felt that the strategy had been wrong from day one.’
      • ‘Had government come out and explained the deal from day one, I am certain that this firestorm would have been quelled long ago.’
      • ‘I have a new flatmate, and we have had problems from day one.’
      • ‘Old Walnuts has been the best character in the show from day one.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, from day one in the job, Mitchell has paid no heed to his or the team's public image.’
      • ‘This guy, from day one, was among the finest examples of sportsmanlike playing that the game has seen.’
  • have had one's (or its) day

    • Be no longer popular, successful, or influential.

      ‘power dressing has had its day’
      • ‘One lesson she had learned from Cannes was that big action movies and special effects seemed to have had their day.’
      • ‘Verse plays may be making a comeback, but religious verse plays may have had their day.’
      • ‘I think the fact that it's mostly men making the mistake shows that those old stereotypes have had their day.’
      • ‘Do you think that he has had his day, or are there still insights there?’
      • ‘We are now more than halfway through 2003, and the concerns raised by some of the other parties have had their day.’
      • ‘‘The annexe is a very old building and has had its day,’ he said.’
      • ‘The feeling was that canals had had their day and they couldn't see any freight traffic evolving on the canal.’
      • ‘Paper gift vouchers - the last resort of the imaginatively challenged - have had their day.’
      • ‘Opera that was once just a vehicle for famous singers, orchestras and conductors, has had its day.’
      • ‘Airedale Beagles have had their day, you might think.’
      • ‘Maybe feminism has had its day, but just think of what the next wave of women could accomplish.’
      • ‘No, Hannibal, Face, Murdoch and BA have had their day, glorious as it was, and we should remember them as they were.’
      • ‘I do wonder if he has had his day, and would have better spent his time pursuing other avenues within politics.’
      • ‘I hope it is not true that hang gliders have had their day and that only a limited number will continue to fly.’
      • ‘These were often breads or ale, which have had their day as presents.’
      • ‘I mean, I wasn't going to be using my old roller blades or skateboard again, and my blue fluffy slippers had had their day.’
      • ‘The lad has had his day, so don't hold your breath for the sequel.’
      • ‘Perhaps the '50s style public intellectual has had her day.’
      • ‘Belfast-born Nobel peace prize winner Mairead Maguire told protesters: ‘War has had its day.’’
      • ‘That style has had its day, and not only in politics.’
  • if someone is a day

    • At least (added to a statement about a person's age)

      ‘he must be seventy if he's a day’
      • ‘Isabella is 70 if she is a day, stands about 4 foot 5 and is almost as broad as she is tall.’
      • ‘Shmerl is 70 years of age if he is a day.’
      • ‘Picture an old lady that is eighty if she is a day.’
      • ‘Honestly, you'd think that woman (bless her heart) would know how to make a decent tuna casserole bein’ as old as she is (45 if she is a day).’
      • ‘She is 80 if she is a day, but what she lacks in manoeuvrability she makes up for in enthusiasm.’
      • ‘She is 30 if she is a day.’
      • ‘He is fifty years old if he is a day; his hair is all gone in front, and he has the complexion of a lobster.’
      • ‘Fred is 90 if he is a day.’
      • ‘The consensus was, confirmed independently by any number of passers-by, that ‘this donkey is twelve years old if he is a day.’’
      • ‘She went to Lincoln and she rode without a ticket, although she must be 70 if she is a day.’
  • in this day and age

    • At the present time; in the modern era.

      ‘it simplifies housekeeping, which is essential in this day and age’
      • ‘It's ridiculous that in this day and age, the manure is allowed to drop onto the roadway and remain there.’
      • ‘I suppose it shows that no town is exempt from violence in this day and age.’
      • ‘Imagine, in this day and age, not being able to turn your pack of biscuits around and find out what's in them.’
      • ‘It is time we realized that in this day and age of science we do not need these prehistoric doctrines to rule our lives.’
      • ‘But really: do people still think like that about the television set, in this day and age?’
      • ‘In a fit of need - who can live without a printer in this day and age?’
      • ‘But if you think about it, who in this day and age can do anything without electricity?’
      • ‘I find it mind-boggling that people can believe such nonsense in this day and age.’
      • ‘The school concern regarding drug taking is valid, however this is a problem all schools have to cope with in this day and age.’
      • ‘Certain areas are not safe for certain people, which is a pretty sad statement in this day and age.’
      • ‘I don't feel the least sorry for them, not in this day and age, when birth control is cheap and easy.’
      • ‘Even in this day and age, there are those who face a cold and hungry Christmas.’
      • ‘They want information and in this day and age there is information galore to wallow in.’
      • ‘It is generally accepted in this day and age that the free market is the best way of providing most of the goods and services we want.’
      • ‘Can anybody seriously see the public acquiescing to such restrictions in this day and age?’
      • ‘Lets be honest about it, in this day and age there are enough things to worry about, if you choose to, to keep you going for year.’
      • ‘But in this day and age, the very idea of any woman having to wait to be asked is intriguing to say the least.’
      • ‘You don't think of it in this day and age of computers and telephones.’
      • ‘Is this a heat of the moment response or a planned reaction to sporting events in this day and age?’
      • ‘Its almost unseemly in this day and age to have so many children - still, she's rich.’
      nowadays, at the present time, these days, in these times, at this time, in this day and age, now, just now, right now, currently, at present, at the present moment, at this moment in time
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  • not someone's day

    • Used to convey that someone has had a bad day.

      • ‘With a yellow card against him already for upending an opponent in the first period this was certainly not his day.’
      • ‘‘It was not Anil 's day,’ said Jeremy adding, ‘He could have done better’.’
      • ‘Today is definitely not my day; everything I touch is a big flop!’
      • ‘‘Ugh… not my day… ‘She grumbled getting up and dusting off.’’
      • ‘He is a very nice person, very friendly and polite but today was not his day.’
      • ‘The A's were the better team and should have won but it was not their day.’
      • ‘Naas told me that sometimes you go on the field and you just know it's not your day.’
      • ‘Unfortunately for Neiman and his friends, today was not their day.’
      • ‘Avery sighed again, and thought to herself, ‘This is not my day!’’
      • ‘A sniper was in our school as I continued to think that this was not my day.’
      • ‘This is not my day, she thought in frustration as she walked back to the guard.’
      • ‘It was clearly not Coventry 's day, and leaving the field to a chorus of boos was no surprise.’
      • ‘Today is not my day, she thought, tears welling up in her eyes.’
      • ‘It was not Pete 's day, as only five laps later the Celica was in the shrubbery and he was walking back to the pits.’
      • ‘Balla gave it their all but it was just not their day.’
      • ‘There are bound to be days when it doesn't come off, when your timing is just off, when it's just not your day.’
      • ‘‘Tergat did everything he could,’ says Haile. ‘He was simply unlucky that it was not his day.’’
      • ‘‘It's just not my day,’ she groaned holding her head in her hands.’
  • —— of the day

    • A thing currently considered to be particularly interesting or important.

      ‘the big news story of the day’
      • ‘In the wake of the last two years of scandal, corporate governance has become the topic of the day.’
      • ‘Mainly they attempt to tell some sort of parable on one of the news stories of the day.’
      • ‘They feature a wide diversity of opinion concerning the war and other social and political issues of the day, such as racial prejudice and labor disputes.’
      • ‘One option was for me to put up a short, placeholder post on every major topic of the day.’
      • ‘It was the question of the day on several cable networks and the subject of the day for talk and news shows around the world.’
  • one day

    • see day
      • ‘I like the guy and hope that one day he fulfills his potential as the next great Knicks superstar.’
      • ‘Walter, a milkman, dreamed of one day running his own business - getting rich and being his own boss.’
      • ‘One day, Frank invited me over to his place to see his audio gear.’
      • ‘One day they play like kings, the next day like paupers.’
      • ‘One day, perhaps, I will get to witness a performance of the whole of the ballet, rather than selections.’
    • 1At a particular but unspecified time in the past.

      ‘one day a boy started teasing Grady’
      • ‘They are questions we will all be forced to deal with one of these days.’
      • ‘The committee members told me that one of these days, I might face the problem of getting arrested.’
      • ‘Because one of these days, the Democrats are going to be in the majority.’
      • ‘And who knows, I might need a job as a lobbyist with them one of these days.’
      • ‘She says it's going to get her killed one of these days, and I believe her.’
      • ‘He lives over in Cayman Brac, and one of these days, I am going to go over there and meet him in person.’
      • ‘I guess it's canned spaghetti for lunch; I really have to go shopping for food one of these days.’
      • ‘I will understand the concept of discipline one of these days.’
      • ‘How lucky would I be to see her cheery little face walking up my drive one of these days?’
      • ‘And Jane, I really do hope you plan to do a story on female scientists one of these days.’
      • ‘The volunteers would also appreciate payment one of these days - something that has not yet happened.’
      • ‘Someone is going to get killed that way one of these days.’
      • ‘I hope to do a Weekender front page story on Tunisia one of these days soon.’
      • ‘I mentioned earlier you might wind up on the U.S. Supreme Court one of these days.’
      • ‘We look forward to you getting a straightforward answer to that question one of these days.’
      • ‘I'll pop by there one of these days and see if that wooden house is still there.’
      • ‘My guess is that common sense will make a comeback one of these days.’
      • ‘It's about sleep, a subject I've been researching for a novel that I hope will get written one of these days.’
      • ‘I also heard that he'll come by, one of these days, to meet with the people.’
      • ‘God, my rapier wit will get me in trouble one of these days.’
      1. 1.1At a particular but unspecified time in the future.
        ‘he would one day be a great president’
  • one of those days

    • A day when several things go wrong.

      • ‘Ever have one of those days where you're really glad that it's over and it's Friday?’
      • ‘I should just go home to bed, because I can tell it's gonna be one of those days.’
      • ‘I am having one of those days today and here you can see the results.’
      • ‘It's been one of those days - rubbish weather and a lousy ride into work.’
      • ‘This was one of those days, one which is still hard to come to terms with.’
  • that will (or that'll) be the day

    • informal That will never happen.

      • ‘Hope you're all behaving. (Yeah that'll be the day!!)’
      • ‘How about something more original, like spending limits based on inflation and population growth? Yeah, that'll be the day.’
  • these days

    • At present.

      ‘he is drinking far too much these days’
      • ‘The world seems such a small place these days, but he instantly made it feel much bigger.’
      • ‘You can't pick up a newspaper these days without thinking that the world has gone mad.’
      • ‘He laughs at his own contradictions, a lot more comfortable in his own skin these days.’
      • ‘Just because we have a few women in power it does not mean women have it made these days.’
      • ‘His city has a sense of embattlement these days, reminiscent of London in the blitz.’
      • ‘His legs may be a bit weary these days, but his presence is everything to his young charges.’
      • ‘So often these days I find myself watching and thinking things will never be the same.’
      • ‘This just sums up everything about the state of the royal family these days, I think.’
      • ‘We all work long hours these days, but many men try to make up for it when they get home.’
      • ‘Choice, in fact, is what is missing from too much of the professional game these days.’
      • ‘I was then flabbergasted by the cost of wool these days, and how few shops stock it.’
      • ‘Have you noticed the fashion these days for people to get a tattoo on various parts of their body?’
      • ‘In spite of my love of almost all flowers I don't often buy from the florist these days.’
      • ‘Wander into any large bookshop these days and you will find a rack devoted to Internet poker.’
      • ‘We hear a lot about how much it costs a student to get a university degree in the UK these days.’
      • ‘His name is much in the news and on the op-ed pages these days, if you're looking out for it.’
      • ‘Most people these days appear to have no idea about how you are supposed to behave in a public space.’
      • ‘It's just a pity there doesn't really seem to be any proper youth culture these days.’
      • ‘Trouble is, most families I know these days are nearly always in a state of war anyway.’
      • ‘Cuts used to be an infrequent occurrence but these days we seem to have them regularly in our area.’
  • those were the days

    • Used to assert that a particular past time was better than the present.

      • ‘Oh those were the days when I could dance all night.’
      • ‘Ah, those were the days… when a young, nubile female could hitchhike safely in this country…’
      • ‘And those were the days when you could still get generous grants for poor families.’
      • ‘Now as a lieutenant colonel, I look back at those times with a gleam In my eye… those were the days!’
      • ‘I start reliving my memories of one-on-one hockey games with David, the laughing, the smiling, the teaching, those were the days.’
      • ‘The Roaring '20s. Ahhh, those were the days when life was simple and travel was an art.’
      • ‘Ahhh… those were the days… Wish the kids could've met him.’
      • ‘And when I moved to Paraph and trained under the Wise Masters… oh, those were the days!’
      • ‘Oh, those were the days… We'll always have the memories.’
      • ‘Oh, but those were the days… ‘The king drifted off, staring into his nostalgic past, muttering.’’
      • ‘Mom and Dad get all nostalgic about Amin Sayani and Radio Ceylon, and how those were the days etc.’
      • ‘Running away from our daily chores and duties, grabbing a sweet treat from the Kitchen before supper, those were the days.’
  • to the day

    • Exactly.

      ‘it's four years to the day since we won the lottery’
      • ‘I have calculated it to the day and I can tell you that it is fast approaching.’
      • ‘A couple have married four years to the day after meeting in an Internet chat room.’
      • ‘If the appeal starts as scheduled, it will open a year to the day since the group flew to Greece to begin the fateful trip.’
      • ‘Mortars first rained down upon it exactly 100 years to the day after its construction began.’
      • ‘It is four weeks to the day since Amanda disappeared and Surrey Police have still uncovered no major leads.’
      • ‘Almost a year to the day since her premature birth and little Mirium is still proving to be a miracle baby.’
      • ‘It also marked a year to the day since he clinched an unprecedented third term for Labour at the general election.’
      • ‘The couple will now wed at the same venue this Saturday, almost two years to the day after their original date.’
      • ‘Campaigners have reacted angrily to the news, as this is exactly what they said almost two years ago to the day.’
      • ‘A month to the day after his death, I took Danny's advice and came to this country.’
      • ‘It was 60 years to the day that the largest conflict in history had come to an end.’
      • ‘Mr Paxman himself will open the display on April 1, two years to the day since the theft.’
      • ‘Twenty years ago to the day, today I was elected to the national executive of this party.’
      • ‘The couple married two years ago and, almost a year to the day, had their first child.’
      • ‘After all it was exactly 15 years to the day since I passed my driving test, so what did I have to fear?’
      • ‘Forty years later, almost to the day, the BBC has effectively axed the programme.’
      • ‘A plaque in their memory was unveiled at Elland Road's Revie Stand, a year to the day after they died.’
      • ‘For the other driver was the same woman who crashed into her at exactly the same place at the same time of day almost a year ago to the day.’
      • ‘When Saturday comes Tracy and I will have been married twenty-two years to the day.’
      • ‘The biggest problem they have now is how to bring him back, the man who won the world cup a year ago to the day.’
  • to this day

    • Up to the present time; still.

      ‘the tradition continues to this day’
      • ‘Still - to this day, I don't like people smoking in cars, so at least I was right on that front.’
      • ‘This poor man must have been denied the pet that he so dearly wanted as a child, and he resents it to this day.’
      • ‘I knew that I probably shouldn't be thinking about the past, but it does hurt, to this day.’
      • ‘War crimes trials of those involved in the Holocaust continue to this day.’
      • ‘The old exhibitions may be long gone, but the dreams that inspired them continue to this day.’
      • ‘I suppose what's extraordinary is that the book is still in existence to this day.’
      • ‘The business was established in York over 30 years ago and our head office remains in Fulford to this day.’
      • ‘Trusty aides always claimed ignorance, and, as far as I'm aware, continue to do so to this day.’
      • ‘The educational institutions which he endowed are symbols of excellence to this day.’
      • ‘In reality Vauxhall have a sporting heritage that spans 100 years and continues to this day.’
      • ‘One poem taught to him by Miss Judge is still remembered by Tommie to this day.’
      • ‘Some sunken Spanish galleons, still laden with gold, lie undiscovered to this day.’
      • ‘He became Bishop and then Patron of that region where he is widely revered to this day.’
      • ‘My first encounter with the work of Salvador Dali, at the age of nine or ten, remains memorable to this day.’
      • ‘But the troubles in Northern Ireland added renewed impetus which continues to this day.’
      • ‘The war might have ended last May, but hostilities continue to this day.’
      • ‘Mahatma Gandhi and the Buddha were his chief inspirations and remain so to this day.’
      • ‘They opened up a way of writing and looking at the world which remains a part of literature to this day.’
      • ‘He saved pocket money given by his father to buy the two-wheeler, which he has even to this day.’
      • ‘Progress in reading and writing was slow and, to this day, he finds spelling and punctuation difficult.’


Old English dæg, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dag and German Tag.