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Phrase of the Day

Ginger’s Phrase of the Day provides you with a daily dose of interesting facts and trivia on some of the more, and less, common phrases in the English language. Learn the real meaning behind these phrases, when and how to use them and other less-known info behind each phrase.

Beside Oneself Phrase

Beside Oneself

The phrase ‘Beside Oneself’ describes a distressed person in an extreme emotional state, brought by a situation that causes one to be out of his wit and senses.

Example of use: “I know Daniel saw your girlfriend at the movies last night with another man, but there’s no reason to be beside yourself, he’s probably her cousin.”

doppelganger Phrase

Doppelgänger

A doppelganger is a person that resembles, and looks like someone else, however, is not related to the first person.

Example of use: Don — “I saw Mark at the movies last night, but he didn’t seem to notice me when I called him. Do you know if he’s angry at me, and why?” Amos —”That’s so weird, cause Mark is on a business trip in India since last Wednesday. I think you saw his doppelganger.”

Photobomb Phrase

Photobomb

‘Photobomb’ is when an unexpected person or thing that either intentionally or by accident appears as the photograph is being taken. Photobombing usually happens as a practical joke, and without the acknowledgement of the main subjects of the photo.

Example of use: “I can’t believe that almost all of our wedding photos were photobombed by that crazy pigeon. In one of them you can even see the moment he tried to attack my husband.”

Snail Mail Phrase

Snail Mail

The phrase ‘Snail Mail’ (or ‘Smail’) refer to mail that was carried by the traditional postal delivery service.

Example of use: Daria –”I didn’t get your wedding invitation yet and the wedding is in 3 days.” Ruth –”Well, I guess that’s why it’s called Snail Mail, cause I’ve mailed the invitations 2 weeks ago and they still haven’t arrived, though we live in the same city.”

Punch Above One's Weight Phrase

Punch Above One’s Weight

The term ‘punch above one’s weight’ means performing or achieving results better than expected and beyond one’s ability, skill, experience etc.

Example of use: “Although Brad isn’t the best track runner, I think that if he trains hard and punches above his weight, he’ll be able to qualify for the upcoming competition.”

Much Ado about Nothing Phrase

Much Ado about Nothing

The phrase ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ is used when someone is overreacting and makes a big deal of fuss over something unimportant.

Example of use: “Some people make a big fuss about which seat they’ll get on the plane, but as far as I can see it’s much ado about nothing, since everyone will get to the same destination at precisely the same time.” 

Nothing to Sneeze At Phrase

Nothing to Sneeze At

‘Nothing to Sneeze At’ means something that is not an inconsequential matter, not a trifling thing.

Example of use: “When Daniel was chosen to be valedictorian, he was so proud, because the honor of being chosen to represent your entire class is nothing to sneeze at.”                                                                                    

Prima Donna Phrase

Prima Donna

The phrase ‘Prima Donna’ is usually used to describe someone who behaves in a demanding and arrogant way, often expecting special treatment and usually unable to work well with others.

Example of use: “When I served that famous singer in my restaurant, she requested that the chef change almost all the ingredients in her pasta, changed tables 4 different times and then got upset when the main course didn’t’ arrive as soon as she’d finished her hors d’oeuvre!! She’s truly the biggest Prima Donna I have ever met.”

Hit the Ground Running Phrase

Hit the Ground Running

‘Hit the Ground Running’ means to immediately start an activity and work very hard and with full commitment.

Example of use: “As soon as the CEO approval of the new product came through, the entire office hit the ground running”.

Backseat Driver Phrase

Backseat Driver

A Backseat Driver is someone who gives unwanted and unneeded advice. Usually interfering in affairs without having the authority and knowledge to do so.

Example of use: “Daisy is such a backseat driver, she needs to stop interfering – no one asked for her advice.”