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don't give up your day job
Don't leave your current employment in the hopes that something better or more exciting will come along, because the odds of that happening are slim. Often said when someone has unrealistic expectations for the future. Whenever I see a singer who can't stay in tune, I just want to say, "Don't give up your day job!"
don't give up the day job
If you say don't give up the day job, you are telling someone that they are not very good at something and would not succeed in doing it as their job. Sadly, my song wasn't a smash hit. `Don't give up the day job' was the verdict. Note: This expression is used humorously.
don't give up the day jobused as a humorous way of recommending someone not to pursue an alternative career at which they are unlikely to be successful. informal
1996 Charlie Higson Getting Rid of Mr Kitchen ‘You are the worst beggar I have ever encountered,’ I said. ‘Don't give up the day job.’