Call It a Day

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Also: Call it a night

Meaning of Idiom 'Call it a Day'

To call it a day means to decide to stop working on something; to end the day's work and go home; to end something.

Usage

The expression call it a day can be used to suggest a temporary or a permanent end to something, such as a task or work in general. While it most commonly suggests a temporary halt, as at the end of a day, it can be used to mean, for example, a permanent retirement from work.

Whenever the expression is used, however, it suggests that work is not stopping because a predetermined time has been reached, but because one (or a group) feels that an obvious stopping point has been reached or enough has been accomplished for "one day."

When the variant call it a night is used, it is just a likely to refer to ending a leisure activity as to work. For instance, at a party, you might say to your friend "I have to get up early tomorrow. I'm going to call it a night.

Examples:

"We can't finish until we get the new parts, so let's call it a day."

"I studied for seven hours straight before the test. I finally called it a day at 2 A.M."

Origin

The expression alludes to reaching the end of a working day having done a full day's work. According to the Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms, the idiom began in the mid-19th century as "call it half a day."

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