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good day

a conventional expression used at meeting or parting during the daytime.
Origin of good day
1175-1225; Middle English Unabridged
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  • On a good day, an experienced fossil excavator might uncover only a few inches of skeleton.
  • Look at the article as a whole, imagine the chaos reference isn't there, and have a good day.
  • Have a good day and please try to be more courteous in your exchanges.
  • No matter how bad your day is, if you come home to a new species of fly, it is a good day.
  • Have a good day and don't let people who do not understand ruffle any feathers.
  • Chief among these is the realization that every day is a good day to apply for an adjunct job.
  • The tear was so large that you could easily see a good third of the back of her underwear on a good day.
  • It's easy, since this place-the library-is crowded, packing in the equivalent of a fourth of the student population on a good day.
  • On a good day, she might write a grammatical sentence, provided that there were no confusing adjectives or adverbs.
  • He does a good day's work who rids himself of a fool.
British Dictionary definitions for good day

good day

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a conventional expression of greeting or farewell used during the day
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Word Origin and History for good day

salutation, late 14c., short for have a good day (c.1200). Good morning is c.1400, gode morwene. Good night, also goodnight, is late 14c.; as an exclamation of surprise, from 1893.

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Idioms and Phrases with good day

good day

Also, good afternoon or evening or morning . Formal ways of saying “Hello” or “Goodbye.” For example, He began rather oddly by addressing the audience with Good day ,” or “ Good afternoon, ladies ,” said the sales clerk as we walked out . All these greetings represent an abbreviation of the now obsolete God give you a good day (afternoon, etc.) , which dates from about 1200. Also see good night
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