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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.

stiff upper lip

Stiff Upper Lip

The phrase ‘stiff upper lip’ is used when a person does not show his feelings especially when he’s distraught.

Example in use:Maria, please don’t cry, keep a stiff upper lip. Things are bound to get better.”

 

 

Still Waters Run Deep

Still Waters Run Deep

The phrase “still waters run deep” describes a person who doesn’t talk much and perhaps hides his complex thoughts on the matter.

Example in use: Though she seldom expresses her thoughts in class, her still waters run deep.”

keep your nose clean

Keep Your Nose Clean

This phrase ‘keep your nose clean’ literally means: keep out of trouble.

Example in use: “Please keep your nose clean and stay far away from the troublemakers.”

X Marks The Spot

X Marks The Spot

The phrase ‘X marks the spot’ is used when someone wants to mark a spot.

Example in use: “I showed her the tree and told her; ”X marks the spot”. 

 

food for the thought

Food For Thought

The phrase ‘food for thought’ is used when a person hears or discovers new information that he had never thought about beforehand.

Example in use: “The lecture was so inspiring, lots of food for thought.”

 

feel the pinch

Feel The Pinch

The phrase ‘feel the pinch’ is used to say when a person or company isn’t doing financially so well.

Example in use: “The world economic issues have increased to the point where even the middle-class families are beginning to feel the pinch.”

took a swing

Took A Swing

The phrase ‘took a swing’ is used to describe when a person tires to hit something or someone.

Example in use: “Jenifer lost it, she took a swing at Iris, but Iris bobbed out of the way just in time.”

up a bat

Up a Bat

The phrase ‘ Up a Bat’ is used to say when one is being called upon to complete a task, particularly a task for which the said person needs to have a certain skill to succeed in completing the given task.

Example in use: “John, come on! Up a bat now, the administration is counting on you”.

Fall off the wagon

To Fall Off The Wagon

This phrase ‘To fall off the wagon’ is usually said on a recovering alcoholic, which means that someone has returned to drinking alcohol after a passé of abstinence.

Example in use:  “Anna hadn’t had a beverage in a decade, but when her husband of eleven years left her, she fell off the wagon again.”

Fall At The First Hurdle

Fall At The First Hurdle

The phrase ‘fall at the first hurdle’ is used to say when someone fails at a early phase of a task.

Example in use: ‘The idea could fall at the first hurdle if they fail to secure the investors approval”