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The word ‘day’ features in a lot of commonly used phrases and idioms so I thought I’d take a look at the most useful ones. This post focuses mainly on phrases rather than idioms.
A useful phrase for saying that something will happen very soon, within the next few days, is any day now:
Their baby’s due any day now.
The crew worked day and night to complete the building.
Her house is guarded night and day by armed police officers.
Something that increases or decreases, or gets better or worse day by day does so each day, in a way that is noticeable:
Support for the leader is increasing day by day.
The situation in the capital is worsening day by day.
I just couldn’t imagine working in an office, doing the same job, day in, day out.
This procedure was repeated day after day.
You don’t know what’s going to happen from one day to the next. / Conditions change from one day to the next.
Prices fluctuate from day to day.
He’s very ill so we just take each day as it comes.
The expression to the day is used for saying that something happened on this day in a different year:
It’s six years to the day since she died.
A rather literary way of emphasizing the point at which something significant started is the phrase from that day on/ (UK) onwards / (US) onward:
From that day on, she never spoke a word to him.
He’s not in today – he’s having a day off.
The usually brilliant striker seemed to be having an off day and failed to get a shot on target.
They’re both busy planning the big day.
They’re engaged but I don’t think they’ve named the day yet.
If you found this post interesting, do look out for Part 2 which will cover current idioms with the word ‘day’.