"Don't give up (or quit) your day job"

I am sure everyone has heard of this overused retort. It is generally used in the context where one feels the performance of an act has failed miserably.

Are there any other expressions that can be employed instead of this?

  • "give up the ghost" could be one... Although it's more related to death... Feb 20, 2017 at 20:21
  • Small point: the usual expression is "Don't give up (or quit) your day job".
    – BillJ
    Feb 20, 2017 at 20:26
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    One could always say "you suck" but that would be more of an insult.
    – Lenz
    Feb 20, 2017 at 21:06
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    Where’d you learn to do that? Trump University?
    – Jim
    Feb 21, 2017 at 1:11
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    Not quite ready for Broadway. Feb 21, 2017 at 5:02

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don't call us, we'll call you
Used as a dismissive way of saying that someone has not been successful in an audition or job application.


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