don't give up the day job

don't give up the day job

If you say don't give up the day job, you are telling someone that they are not very good at something and would not succeed in doing it as their job. Sadly, my song wasn't a smash hit. `Don't give up the day job' was the verdict. Note: This expression is used humorously.
See also: give, job, up

don't give up the day job

used as a humorous way of recommending someone not to pursue an alternative career at which they are unlikely to be successful. informal
1996 Charlie Higson Getting Rid of Mr Kitchen ‘You are the worst beggar I have ever encountered,’ I said. ‘Don't give up the day job.’
See also: give, job, up

don’t give up the ˈday job

(informal, humorous) used to tell somebody that they should continue doing what they are used to, rather than trying something new which they are likely to fail at: So you want to be a writer? Well my advice is, don’t give up the day job.
See also: give, job, up