have a nice day

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have a nice day

  1. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see have,‎ a,‎ nice,‎ day.
    • 2011, Josh Linkner, Disciplined Dreaming, page 99:
      "Oh great, dear; have a nice day at the playground."
  2. (US, Canada, rather formal). A polite parting during daytime.
    Thank you. Have a nice day.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Rarely used as a parting with friends or family.
  • Have a nice day is a commonly spoken valediction, typically spoken by service employees or clerks to customers at the end of a transaction, particularly in North America. This repetitious and dutifully polite usage has resulted in the phrase developing a cultural connotation as a stereotypical display of impersonality, disinterest, or even passive-aggressive behavior.

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