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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.


Jack of all Trades, Master of None

What does Jack of All Trades, Master of None mean?

A person who is competent in many skills, but is not outstanding in any of them.

Example of use: Josh refuses to study one profession. He fails to understand that a jack of all trades is a master of none.


The Ball is in your Court

What does “The Ball is in your court” mean?

It’s someone else’s turn to make a move.

Example of use: It’s not Daniel’s fault the deal isn’t finished, he made the last offer. The ball is in Harry’s court now.


Sweet Nothings

Means: Romantic things that people who are in love say to each other.

Example of use: Joffrey kept leaning across the table, whispering sweet nothings in her ear.


Cross your fingers

Means: To wish for things to happen the way you want them to.

Example of use: Let’s all cross our fingers and hope that our team wins!


Against all Odds

Means: Despite very low probability; in a most unlikely way.

Example of use: She managed to win the trophy against all odds.


Break the Bank

Means: To lose all of your money.

Example of use: Having the ocean-view apartment without breaking the bank is the dream.


Show of Hands

Means: Raising hands to vote about something.

Example of use: By a show of hands, how many of you would prefer to have the test on Friday?



Means: Someone born in Brazil or something made in Brazil. Also used to describe national pride in anything with a Brazilian nature.

Example of use: Miguel’s wearing all yellow and green colors today, he’s a true Brazuca.


Strike Out

Means: To fail at something.

Example of use: Last semester my assignment was perfect, but I struck out this time.


Hands Down

Means:  Easily, or unquestionably.

Example of use: Rob is hands down the biggest threat for me in the competition.