by the day


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by the day

Per day; at a daily rate. You can't afford to miss work when you get paid by the day. I'm renting this hotel room by the day because I could get my next travel assignment at any time.

by the hour

1. Per hour; at an hourly rate. Of course he's drawing out this project—he gets paid by the hour!
2. Every hour; once an hour. I feel better knowing that the nurse will check on mom by the hour. Sir, the situation is worsening by the hour—how should we proceed?
See also: hour

by the day

one day at a time. I don't know when I'll have to leave town, so I rent this room by the day.

by the hour

at each hour; once each hour. It kept growing darker by the hour. I have to take this medicine by the hour.
See also: hour

by the day

Also, by the hour or week or month or year . According to a specific time period, as in I'm renting this car by the day, or He's being paid by the hour. This usage generally describes some kind of rate. [1400s]