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The meaning of "dont give up the day job"

" Don't give up the day job "
Meaning:
Said to someone who is a poor performer at a task - suggesting that they wouldn't be able to succeed at it professionally.
Example:
Your singing is way off key mate - don't give up the day job will you.
Where did it originate?:
USA, 1950s
Where is it used?:
Worldwide, but not particularly commonplace.
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