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carry the day

1. To win or have success. It's no surprise that star-studded team carried the day—they were favored to win, after all. After spending weeks constructing my project, I was thrilled to carry the day at the science fair.
2. To gain acceptance, as of an idea or concept. I thought his ideas were ridiculous, but they really carried the day with his audience.
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carry the day

 and win the day
to be successful; to win a competition, argument, etc. (Originally meaning to win a battle.) Our team didn't play well at first, but we won the day in the end. Preparation won the day and James passed his exams.
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carry the day

Win, prevail, as in At auctions the wealthiest bidders usually carry the day. [Late 1600s]
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carry the day

JOURNALISM
COMMON If a person or their opinion carries the day in a competition or argument, they win it. For the time being, those in favour of the measures seem to have carried the day. Many here expect this radical plan to carry the day when the vote finally comes. Note: This expression was originally used to say which army had won a battle.
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carry (or win) the day

be victorious or successful.
The sense of day used here is ‘the day's work on the field of battle’.
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carry/win the ˈday

(formal) win a contest, an argument, etc.; be successful: It was a difficult match, but the New Zealand team finally carried the day.
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carry the day

To be victorious or successful.
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