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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

carry the day

Win, prevail, as in At auctions the wealthiest bidders usually carry the day. [Late 1600s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Subsequent developments have shown how much better off the country would be if the Caucus's position had carried the day.
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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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.