What is the meaning of "Call it a day/night".
I have heard people saying "I am calling it a day". I tried to find out the meaning in dictionaries, but could not. Please let me know your answers.

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    This question is off-topic because it ask for a definition which you can easily find in the dictionary. I did a google search and found this one: idioms.thefreedictionary.com/call+it+a+day Jan 17, 2015 at 11:55
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The meaning of the phrase is to quit work and go home; to say that a day's work has been completed. I'm tired. Let's call it a day. The boss was mad because Tom called it a day at noon.

Another example:
"It's past five o'clock so let's call it a day."

The origin of this phrase is explained as below:

The original phrase was "call it half a day", first recorded in 1838, which referred to leaving one's place of employment before the work day was over. The first recorded use of call it a day was in 1919, and of call it a night in 1938.

  • Citations for the origin please? Jan 18, 2015 at 11:47
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    I would say that call it a day means to go end work, whether or not that day's work has been completed. Jan 18, 2015 at 11:49

Call it a day also means to retire from one's profession or one's activity.

We call it a day when we no longer interested in what we are doing and as we feel that we have had enough.

Many players call it a day.

Tendulkar called it a day when he felt that he had achieved enough in his cricketing career.

The cricket umpires called it a day at 4 PM today due to bad light.

Here are two links which help the usage of the idiom.



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