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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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Too often the arguments are presented in such truncated form as to suggest that their mere formulation or statement carried the day, like some epigram of King Solomon.
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Even in such typically fearsome passages as the Dies Irae and the Confutatis, this reading emphasized majesty over violence, and in the Domine Jesu and Lux Aeterna sections, affirmation and joy carried the day.
We had the arguments, we had the numbers and we carried the day.
Affability and lack of ceremony carried the day," he concludes in his final paragraph.
But if you kept score with purse earnings, California carried the day.
The score was 11-10 at the break and in the second half it was kicking which carried the day for the Cheshire side in the end.
Those psychiatrists who had come to favor psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theories, who had identified the social and environmental sources of neuroses, and who had illustrated their usefulness during the national crisis carried the day.