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day job

noun
1.
one's regular job and main source of income, usually viewed in contrast to a speculative or irregular endeavor:
Good luck in the lottery, but don't quit your day job.
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  • But a general rule should be that you shouldn't trust information coming from someone who deals in fiction for their day job.
  • The unusual floor decor revealed the plane's day job.
  • And of course blogs and websites made word-of-mouth and distribution far easier for an amateur with a day job.
  • This, of course, suggests that not every celebrated musician is ready-or able-to quit their day job.
  • When the ambulance arrives, the volunteer goes back to his day job.
  • Since it sits up under the vans bottom, replacing a clapped out engine was a three day job.
  • If an artist cannot find a patron then perhaps they should not quit their day job.
  • The writing session was followed, for a long stretch of time, by a day job with the postal service.
  • His day job is buying and selling enormous natural-gas turbines.
  • But his day job has been the making of him, and it isn't easy to dissociate his artistry from his clinical skills.

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