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Topic: CHRONOLOGY

Language: Old English
Origin: dæg

day

noun
     
day S1 W1
1

24 hours

[countable]TMC a period of 24 hours:
We spent three days in Paris.
'What day is it today?' 'Friday.'
He left two days ago.
I'll call you in a couple of days.
The following day, a letter arrived.
on a/the following/that etc day (=during a particular day)
Over 10,000 soldiers died on that one day in January.
What really happened on that day so long ago?
We're leaving for New York the day after tomorrow.
Women generally use up about 2000 calories a day (=each day).
I got an email from Sue the other day (=a few days ago).
2

not night

[uncountable and countable]TMC the period of time between when it gets light in the morning and when it gets dark [≠ night]:
She only leaves her house during the day.
It was a cold blustery day.
Kept in that dark cell, I could no longer tell whether it was day or night.
on a/that/the following etc day
She first met Steve on a cold but sunny day in March.
by day (=during the day)
Owls usually sleep by day and hunt by night.
The day dawned (=started) bright and clear.
3

when you are awake

[countable usually singular] the time during the day when you are awake and active:
His day begins at six.
Jackie starts the day with a few gentle exercises.
Sometimes I feel I just can't face another day.
'See you later,' said the girl, 'Have a nice day.' (=used in a friendly way when you say goodbye to someone)
It's been a long day (=used when you have been awake and busy for a long time).
all day (long) (=during the whole time you are awake)
I've been studying all day. I'm beat!
! Do not say all the day. Say all day.
4

time at work

[countable] the time you spend doing your job during a 24-hour period:
I work a ten-hour day.
Rail workers are campaigning for a shorter working day.
I've got a day off (=a day when I do not have to go to work) tomorrow.
5

past

[countable] used to talk about a time in the past:
I knew him pretty well from his days as a DJ in the Bounty Club (=from when he was a DJ).
I always used to do the cooking in the early days of our marriage.
Not much was known about the dangers of smoking in those days (=then).
They were very much opposed to the government of the day (=that existed then).
One day (=on a day in the past), a mysterious stranger called at the house.
From day one (=from the beginning), I knew I wouldn't get on with him.
In my day (=in the past, when I was young), kids used to have some respect for their elders.
in somebody's student/army/childhood etc days (=in the past when someone was a student etc)
I used to run six miles a day in my army days.
those were the days spoken (=used to talk about a time in the past you think was better than now)
We used to stay in bed all morning and party all night. Those were the days!
6

now

[countable] used to talk about the situation that exists now:
I don't do much exercise these days (=now).
It's incredible that such attitudes still exist in this day and age (=used to express disapproval that something still exists now).
To this day (=until and including now), he denies any involvement in the crime.
up to/until/to the present day (=until and including now)
This tradition has continued right up until the present day.
7

future

[countable] used to talk about a time in the future
one day/some day (=some time in the future)
I'd like to go and visit the States one day.
Some day we might get him to see sense.
One of these days (=some time soon) I'm going to walk right out of here and never come back.
Kelly's expecting the baby any day now (=very soon).
The day will come (=the time will come) when he won't be able to care for himself any more.
8

somebody's/something's day

a successful period of time in someone's life or in something's existence:
My uncle was a famous radio personality in his day (=at the time he was most successful).
Don't be too disappointed you didn't win - your day will come (=you will be successful in the future).
Game shows like that have had their day (=were successful in the past, but are not any more).
9

Independence/election/Christmas etc day

a day on which a particular event or celebration takes place:
Rioting broke out just three days before polling day.
10

five/three/nine etc years to the day

exactly five years etc:
It's two years to the day since he died.
11

somebody's days

someone's life:
She ended her days in poverty.
12

somebody's/something's days are numbered

used to say that someone or something will not exist for much longer:
It seems that the hospital's days are numbered.
13

day after day

also day in day out continuously for a long time in a way that is annoying or boring:
I couldn't stand sitting at a desk day after day.
14

from day to day

also from one day to the next if a situation changes from day to day or from one day to the next, it changes often:
I never know from day to day what I'm going to be doing.
His moods swung wildly from one day to the next.
day-to-day

; ➔ live from day to day

at live1 (5)
15

day by day

slowly and gradually:
Her health was improving day by day.
16

night and day

also day and night all the time [= continuously]:
Being together night and day can put a great pressure on any relationship.
17

day out

especially British EnglishDL a trip you make for pleasure on a particular day:
A visit to the caves makes a fascinating and exciting day out for all the family.
18

have an off day

to be less successful or happy than usual, for no particular reason:
Even the greatest athletes have their off days.
19

make somebody's day

to make someone very happy:
Hearing her voice on the phone really made my day.
20

soup/dish/fish etc of the day

DF a soup, meal etc that a restaurant serves on a particular day in addition to the meals they always offer
21

be all in a day's work

if something difficult, unpleasant, or unusual is all in a day's work for someone, it is a normal part of their job
22

take each day as it comes

also take it one day at a time to deal with something as it happens and not worry about the future:
Since I had the accident, I've learned to take each day as it comes.
23

the day of reckoning

a time when you have to deal with the bad results of something you did in the past
24 spoken

it's (just) one of those days

used to say that everything seems to be going wrong
25 spoken

it's not somebody's day

used when several unpleasant things have happened to someone in one day:
It wasn't Chris's day - he overslept and then his car broke down.
26 spoken

make a day of it

British English to spend all day doing something for pleasure:
If the weather's nice, we'll make a day of it and take a picnic.
27 spoken

that'll be the day

used to say that you think something is very unlikely to happen:
'Bill says he's going to start going to the gym.' 'That'll be the day!'
28 spoken

not have all day

used to say that you want someone to do something faster because you do not have enough time to wait for them to finish:
Hurry up! I haven't got all day!
29 spoken

it's not every day (that)

used to say that something does not happen often and is therefore very special:
Let's go out and celebrate. After all, it's not every day you get a new job.
30 spoken

back in the day

several years ago; used especially by young people to refer to a time when they were yuounger
31 spoken

be on days

to work during the day at a job you sometimes have to do at night:
I'm on days this week.
32 spoken

40/50/60 etc if he's/she's a day

used to emphasize that someone is at least as old as you are saying:
She's ninety if she's a day.

➔ at the end of the day

at end1 (12)

; ➔ call it a day

at call1 (10)

; ➔ carry the day

at carry1 (22)

; ➔ the early days

at early1 (1)

; ➔ every dog (has) its day

at dog1 (11)

; ➔ the good old days

at old (8), half day

; ➔ have a field day

at field day (1)

; ➔ it's early days

at early1 (3)

; ➔ it's (a little) late in the day

at late1 (8)

; ➔ it's somebody's lucky day

at lucky (5)

; ➔ (live to) see the day

at see1 (23)

; ➔ name the day

at name2 (6), open day

; ➔ save the day

at save1 (12), speech day, sports day
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