In a government job, the day on which "the eagle shits" is payday. The phrase derives from the bald eagle being a symbol for the United States, and hence, the government. I personally have only had experience with the phrase in a job at the county level, but I have talked to a few wizened old men, and they say that they at least remember it from the time of World War II.

"Yeah, my car just broke down, but it's okay, because the eagle shits tomorrow."

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