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daily dozen

An exercise routine that is done every day. The phrase originally referred to 12 specific exercises but is often used more broadly. I always feel better after I do my daily dozen, thanks to the endorphins.
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daily grind

One's daily work routine, especially when it is tiresome. I'm so thrilled to be off next week—I really need a break from the daily grind.
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earn (one's) daily bread

To do work of any kind for a living; to earn money by some means. No, working in a canning factory isn't exactly glamorous, but I've got to earn my daily bread somehow. I hear Janet is earning her daily bread with an investment firm in Tokyo now.
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(one's) daily bread

One's means of living, i.e., food and money. No, working in a canning factory isn't exactly glamorous, but you've got to earn your daily bread somehow. The new universal basic income initiative is intended to provide every citizen their daily bread, even if they've fallen on hard times.
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daily dozen

Fig. physical exercises done every day. My brother always feels better after his daily dozen. She would rather do a daily dozen than go on a diet.
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daily grind

[someone's] everyday work routine. I'm getting very tired of the daily grind. When my vacation was over, I had to go back to the daily grind.
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daily dozen

Physical exercise, as in Helen walks two miles every morning-that's her daily dozen. This term originally referred to a set of twelve specific calisthenic exercises to be performed every day. They were devised by a famous Yale University football coach, Walter Camp (1859-1925), and came into general use in the early 1900s. Despite the physical fitness craze of the late 1900s, these exercises and their name are no longer taken literally, but the term survives in a very general way.
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your daily ˈbread

the food or money that you need to live: Each one of us has to earn our daily bread somehow.
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daily dozen

n. a short set of daily exercises. I need to do my daily dozen before breakfast.
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daily grind

n. the tedious pattern of daily work. (see also rat race.) Well, it’s Monday. Time to start another week of the daily grind.
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Michael's family is engaged in a routine of dailiness that is nevertheless varied.
For the need to pay attention to repetitions and the dailiness of tasks see Carter, The Small Details of Life, 10, 19; Margo Culley, ed.
In the dailiness of women's lives is preserved the evidence that there is and always has been an alternative to the beliefs, priorities, and values of the dominant cultures we have endured" (p.
Returning to the dailiness of our lives is an act of defiance.
Edwin Muir in his sonnet on Kafka calls him the "sad champion of the drab and half"; and yet stretching away behind the drab ordinariness, what vistas of suggestion of life-and-death meanings, of a threatening-promising spiritual world surrounding the banal dailiness, which, when you try to approach it as a critic, what pitfalls of pretentiousness open at your feet
Consequently, whilst the release from the dailiness of childcare is conveniently eVected, it is also always qualified and provisional in relation to ensuring the well-being of her children.
Although DeLillo's portrayal of the supermarket is acerbic and ironic, he recognizes, nevertheless, that there is, as he puts it, "a kind of radiance in dailiness," a radiance for which we yearn; and he recognizes, too, our need to make sense of apparently irrational events in history.
He now radiates the lightness that comes with age, when the eyes have stopped focusing on dailiness and detail; when, even as they are looking at you, they are looking into distance.
We cultivate that by the very dailiness of praying together.
Some academic feminist commentators, particularly those who work in cultural or media studies, claim that the dailiness of feminism is a victory for the women's movement.
One can see signs of that struggle in Welty's photographs as well, but they emerge less forcedly amid the dailiness of her subjects' comings and goings.
The director, Pavel Chukhrai, brings a novelistic sense of detail to evoking the dailiness of Soviet life under Stalin's regime.
The problem is worst in the Roman Catholic Church, where scriptural interpretation lies in the hands of celibate males whose social context prevents their hearing those voices in the scriptural text that speak to other social contexts, including women, laborers, and all who struggle with the dailiness of domestic, employment, and financial pressures.
This is the double-consciousness of The Sonnets: full of dailiness, it is zeitgeist poetry that nevertheless attempts to evade the contemporary by pressing time until only the essential elements of the poetic career remain.
These pedagogical tools encouraged the student to make connections between the dailiness of public life and the relevant scholarship.