another day, another dollar

Quot. 1897 links the form more days, more dollars to sailors being paid by the day: the longer the voyage the greater the financial reward. Later uses suggest that another day, another dollar occurs as world-weary comment on routine toil to earn a living. It has also generated a quantity of by-forms.

1897 J. CONRAD Nigger of ‘Narcissus’ (1955) v. 114. The common saying, ‘More days, more dollars,’ did not give the usual comfort because the stores were running short.

1957 D. ERSKINE & P. DENNIS Pink Hotel (1958) 8 ‘’Nother sleepless night,’ Mr. Baldwin said. ‘Heard the clock strike four again.’ ‘That’s a shame, Mr. Baldwin,’ Mary said. She yawned and stretched, knowing that her landlord was about to say Another Day, Another Dollar.

1992 J. E. DOMINGUEZ & V. ROBIN Your Money or Your Life v. 157 For those opting for Financial Independence it reinforces the awareness that work is no longer about ‘another day, another dollar.’

1993 Time International 18 Jan. 4 Another day, another deadline. And another backdown by Saddam Hussein, for what seems like the zillionth time.

2002 Times 2 10 Jan. 7 And I haven’t even mentioned..Bobby Fischer, stripped of his title by Fide in 1975 (another decade, another squabble), but never defeated, and still only 58.


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