the/(one's) day job

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the/(one's) day job

One's full-time or primary source of employment, especially in contrast to some activity one does as a hobby or amateur pursuit. My day job for the last five years has been as a systems analyst for a cyber-security firm, but I write articles for video game websites in my spare time. A: "So, what did you think of my new joke? I was going to use it in my act at the comedy club tonight." B: "Yeah, um… maybe don't give up the day job."
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day job

One’s primary employment and source of income, usually during the business day. The term refers to those who would like to pursue another activity, such as singing or acting or creative writing or a sport, which does not earn them much and is done principally at night and on weekends. “Don’t quit your day job” is a humorous response to an inadequate performance. It was said in the film The Kids Are All Right (2010) by the son when his mother sang a song.
See also: job
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