call it a day

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v call it a day stop doing what one is doing "At midnight, the student decided to call it quits and closed his books"
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Quotations

  • Stephen B. Leacock
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    “What we call creative work, ought not to be called work at all, because it isn't. I imagine that Thomas Edison never did a day's work in his last fifty years.”

Idioms

Call it a day - If you call it a day, you stop doing something for a while, normally at least until the following day.
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Usage

In literature:

Whoever calls within that time, tell them that it is impossible for me to give them a reading to-day.
"The Silver Butterfly" by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
I think it is the greatest shame to call it a half-holiday, and then give more lessons to do than any other day.
"A Christmas Posy" by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
We arrived there at noon and "called it a day," and spent the rest of it in the devotions of that august anniversary.
"The Ascent of Denali (Mount McKinley)" by Hudson Stuck
To call it that were to libel a noble institution of an elder day.
"Penguin Persons & Peppermints" by Walter Prichard Eaton
During the great heat of the day, after lunch, or "tiffin" as it is called, everyone sleeps a restful hour or two.
"Fil and Filippa" by John Stuart Thomson
She looked down at it; it was a telegram, the one, doubtless, that had called him back to the city the day before.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
They call our day the solar day and instead of having a clock with twelve figures on it as we do, they use one with twenty-four.
"Christopher and the Clockmakers" by Sara Ware Bassett
To-day a bunch of Cambridge men calls itself "The Heretics" and imagines it has found a clever title.
"G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study" by Julius West
An' just as we was about to call it a day I felt something wet drop on my nose.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
So far well: but, four days after the operation, my patient had a sudden and long shivering, a "groosin'," as she called it.
"Spare Hours" by John Brown
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In poetry:

His dwelling was just beyond the town,
At what he called his country-seat;
For, careless of Fortune's smile or frown,
And weary grown of the world and its ways,
He wished to pass the rest of his days
In a private life and a calm retreat.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 3. The Landlord's Tale; The Rhyme of Sir Christopher" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
May set in with a dust-storm, — Pagett went down with the sun.
All the delights of the season tickled him one by one.
Imprimis — ten day's "liver" — due to his drinking beer;
Later, a dose of fever —slight, but he called it severe.
"Pagett, M.P." by Rudyard Kipling
Still the harbour gulls a-calling, calling all the night and day,
And the wind across the water singing just the same old way
As it used to in the rigging of a ship I used to know
Half across the world from England, many and many a year ago.
"Pacific Coast" by Cicely Fox Smith
Have you heard the curlew calling, the curlew on the hill?
And sorry is its voice o'er the moorland floating shrill:
Though the day is fair and fine, and the breeze a draught of wine,
There are tears, there are tears in the calling on the hill.
"The Calling Of The Birds" by Cicely Fox Smith
There’s a garden that’s fair, be it day, be it night,
A garden in Kerry I know,
And never an orient dream of delight
Can match with this garden so sweet to my sight,
For here is heart's home to a wandering wight,--
It calls me wherever I go!
"A Kerry Garden" by Clinton Scollard
He's hardly spoken since that day – not more than "Yes" or "No".
We miss his voice a good bit, too; the town seems rather slow.
He was called "The Silent Member" just sarcastic, I'll allow;
But since that agent handled him it sort o' fits him now.
"The Silent Member" by C J Dennis

In news:

He's a progressive, ethically concerned guy and went there with his family for Dress Like a Cow Day or whatever its called.
Alton Brown and company call it a day.
That so-called " end date" has sparked a doomsday craze, fueling fears that this is it -- the exact day the world will end .
The church says it was dealing with up to 120 calls a day, many of which were from parents of teenagers that wouldn't listen.
A day after Keegan Bradley said he was called a "cheater" for using a long putter - even though it's within the rules.
One day after saying it's "inarguable" that " home rule " should be considered during the hydrofracking permitting process, Gov Andrew Cuomo today tweaked his statement a bit, calling it "relevant, but not necessarily determinative.".
They see the long, hot days of the convention, and they brew a clean but flavorful pale ale that tasted so good after a sweaty day of schlepping that I just might start calling it Colorado ice tea.
It’s not every day I get a note from someone who calls himself Kevin Bacon Bits and signs it, “With Relish.”.
Green Day's summer tour, Jewel 's writing a book, Jet calls it a day.
The Moneyball star and the magazine editor, whose dad is the legendary Dustin Hoffman, have called it a day after nine month.
The governor called a special session that will cost taxpayers $13,000 a day, and is evidence of the lengths Oregon will go to protect its best- known company.
The personal bracelet device places a call to 911 and provides its location to dispatchers who can then direct responders to the specific location , as they do every day for thousands of wireless 911 calls.
It's what Glen Alford would call a good water day.
Patriots' fan Don Crisman called it a "sad day for the never miss club.".
I'm not sure anyone would call it a joyful experience to use a sick day or vacation day just so they could stand in line to renew their vehicle tags.
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In science:

The time unit is called a “year” here, it may correspond four years for humans and to days or other time intervals for other species.
Social Effects in Simple Computer Model of Ageing
For example, it is well known that the so-called Hertsprung progression of the changing form of Classical Cepheid light curves is due to a 2:1 resonance between the self-excited fundamental mode and the second overtone around ∼ 10 days[46, 15].
EROS differential studies of Cepheids in the Magellanic Clouds : Stellar pulsation, stellar evolution and distance scale
This dependence, which we shall call for by Paczynski-Huang name and up to this day it is used in all researches dedicated to close binary systems with a conservative mass exchange when M1 + M2 = M = const.
Elliptical motions of stars in close binary systems
Besides the importance of Filks work in 1996 it did not call much attention since only a few people were interested in noncommutativity on those days.
A Review of Noncommutative Field Theories
We would argue that this is a purely semantic distinction: if it looks like inflation and smells like inflation, then let’s call it inflation while leaving open the possibility that current inflationary ideas may one day be shown to be part of some better paradigm.
What have we already learned from the CMB?
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