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In this lesson you will learn how to use the idiom ‘to call it a day' in your conversations.
Alex: The idiom ‘calling it a day' means to stop working on something for the rest of that day, whether or not it is completed.
Martha: That's correct. It means to quit an activity for the rest of the day or for the present time and continue it the next day.
Alex: I'm tired. Let's call it a day.
Martha: Are you kidding? You just got here.
Alex: Yes, I'm kidding. I was just giving you an example. Let me give you another one: Larry was working late last night, I told him to call it a day and go home.
Martha: Wow! That's surprising, Larry really worked late?
Alex: Nope, just another example.
Martha: Yeah, I didn't think Larry would do that. He's usually the one to call it a day at noon!
Alex: One more thing. ''Calling it a day''also means to stop some activity altogether. For example: The fossil fuels will be all exhausted in the future, and the oil industry will have to call it a day.
Martha: Good example! However teasing Larry like that is not good, we better call it a day.
Alex: I know that Martha. In fact, Larry is really competent. He usually complete his work by noon.
Martha: I noticed that too!
Alex: Alright. Let's listen to some conversations now.
Tina: Larry, what are you doing? You just shut down your computer.
Larry: I'm calling it a day. I'm off to the beach for a family outing!
Tina: It's 2 O‘clock Larry. What about the program codes?
Larry: Don't worry, I've already updated them. Why don't you take a look?
Tina: Okay, everything looks fine.
Larry: I've also designed the widget you told me about; it's in your mail.
Tina: Oh thank you so much! I think I can call it a day soon too!
Martha: Tina, is that you? Still here at 9pm?
Tina: Oh Martha! I can't get my algorithms done.
Martha: Sometimes it's best to put them aside, and start fresh later.
Tina: Yeah, I think I'll just work one more hour.
Martha: No, it's very late, already! Let's call it a day Martha.
Tina: Yeah, my brain is not working now. I think it's time to call it a day.
Alex: Our team is behind by 8 runs.
Larry: Yeah, and only 1 inning is left in the game.
Alex: Looks like they might as well call it a day.
Larry: I hate to admit it, but our team doesn't stand a chance in this game.
Alex: Yep. Let's call it a day too, and head home.