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a week from next Tuesday
An unspecified date or time far in the future, sometimes used to denote a time that will never come to pass. At this rate, it will be a week from next Tuesday before I'm ready to start writing this report. You can keep crying until a week from next Tuesday and I still won't buy you that new video game.
a week is a long time in politics
Due to the fast-changing pace of the political landscape, the fortunes of a politician or political group can change drastically just in the course of a single week. The phrase is attributed to British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, c. 1964. The challenger is enjoying a surge in popularity after the debate, but there's still time before the election, and a week is a long time in politics.
No set or specific time or date; any time. I don't need the report back immediately, any day will do.
A week in which new recruits or pledges of an organization, especially a college fraternity or sorority, are subjected to a series of hazing rituals prior to initiation. Why anyone would want to endure something as mean-spirited and juvenile as "hell week" just to join a frat is beyond me. I'm really eager to join Delta Gamma, but I'm really nervous about hell week!
flavor of the week
Something temporary. The phrase is often used to describe fleeting romantic relationships. I wouldn't get too attached to Katie, she's just Ralph's flavor of the week—they'll break up in no time. You change majors all the time, and Biology is just the flavor of the week, trust me!
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 week
Per week; at a weekly rate. I'm renting this apartment by the week because I could get my next travel assignment at any time.
Consecutive days. If you've been sick for 10 days running, you should probably go to the doctor.
make a day/night/week of it
To use all or most of a day, night, week, etc., doing something, rather than just a portion of it, so that the experience can be enjoyed to a greater degree. Why don't we pack a picnic, head to the trailhead early, and make a day of it hiking around the area? I think we should all split the cost of a villa near the beach and make a week of it!
week after week
Repeatedly over a course of many weeks; over and over again over many weeks. Used especially of things that occur on a weekly basis. We've been coming back to this restaurant week after week—I think it's time to try somewhere new. Week after week we worked on that treehouse, until, on the very last day of summer, we finished.
week by week
Weekly; on a weekly basis. Our subscriber base has grown week by week, and we're nearly at our target. If you set small goals and work on them day by day and week by week, you'll find that you can accomplish more than you thought possible.
weeks on end
Several weeks in a row. We've been waiting to close on this house for weeks on end and are getting pretty impatient.
Consecutive weeks. If you've been sick for two weeks running, you should probably go to the doctor.
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 week
one week at a time. I plan my schedules by the week. Where can I rent a room by the week?
days runningand weeks running; months running; years running
days in a series; months in a series; etc. (Follows a number.) I had a bad cold for five days running. For two years running, I brought work home from the office every night.
inside a week
in less than a week. We must get all this sorted out inside a week; all right? We've got inside a week to get it right.
week in, week out
Fig. every week, week after week. We have the same old food, week in, week out. I'm tired of this job. I've done the same thing—week in, week out—for three years.
1. No particular time, as in It doesn't matter when; any day is fine with me.
2. Also, any day now. Quite soon, as in I might get a call any day, or There could be a snowstorm any day now.
3. Also, any day of the week. Every day, as in I could eat fresh corn any day of the week. All three senses employ any in the sense of "no matter which," a usage dating from a.d. 1000.
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]
any day1 at any time. 2 used to express your strong preference for something under any circumstances.
2 2003 Royal Academy Magazine Give me Bruegel rather than Michelangelo any day.