don't give up your day job

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don't give up your day job

cliché Don't leave your current employment in order to pursue some other ambition, because the odds of that succeeding are slim. Said especially to someone engaging in some activity as an amateur. Whenever I see a singer who can't stay in tune, I just want to say, "Don't give up your day job!" A: "So, what did you think of my new joke? I was going to use it in my act at the comedy club tonight." B: "Yeah, um… maybe don't give up your day job, kid."
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