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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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Woven through the participants' narratives on quality of life were features of the "dailiness" of their lives.
On what traditionally has been labeled Good Shepherd Sunday, we get an odd pairing of the first ten verses of John 10 with the well-known passage from Acts that considers all that has happened in the first two chapters, and thrusts the fledgling community into its ongoing dailiness, where the faithful devoted themselves "to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers" (v.
(Indeed, in 1988 Lorraine York published The Other Side of Dailiness, a book-length study of the role of photography in the works of Timothy Findley, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje and Margaret Laurence.) It may be overly harsh to describe the symbol as a cliche, and Bailey's stories are too interesting to be dismissed on those grounds; still, the motif does get repetitious.
Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life" [p.
"Velocity pervaded everything," writes Hamill: "ideas visions, the dailiness of street life.
"At times, something just gets hold of you - it's traditionally called a 'muse.' A lot of 'dailiness' in your life suppresses that quality of being able to create this kind of language."
The dailiness of diaries, Bettina Aptheker argues, helps reveal "the patterns women create and the meanings women invent each day and over time as a result of their labours." (4) Moreover, as Margaret Conrad notes, they provide a crucial source "to construct life stories that reveal much about the women who are conspicuously absent from our public records." (5)
Maynard's reading of Walden offers only a modest commentary on the dailiness of his life there (putting pen to paper is, after all, not exactly a dramatic tale), with no parsing of its contents.
Though at this stage of my own life, for example, I want nothing other than the comfort and dailiness of an ongoing, committed relationship, at earlier periods in my life I didn't want that at all.
The gnarled fingers and opened mouths of dailiness, dailiness made heroic by seizure and stone, tell us backwards and forwards, What you have now you will have forever.
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.