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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.

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Break a Leg

Means: Good luck

The idiom ‘Break a leg’ is usually used in theater to wish good luck to actors before they go up on stage.

Example of use: Danny’s family told him to “break a leg” right before he went up on stage.

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Copycat

Means: Someone who copies the work or mimics the actions of others.

Example of use: Ned is a copycat- he can imitate they way you walk and talk!

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Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

Means: You can derive some benefit from every bad thing that happens to you.

Example of use: I found a new job after all and I like this one much better than the last!” Answer: “You see, every cloud has a silver lining.”

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Blood is Thicker than Water

Means: People who are related have stronger obligations to each other than to people outside the family.

Example of use: When my best friend and my brother got in a fight I had to help my brother; blood is thicker than water.

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Point-Blank

Means: To explicitly address an issue in a blunt, direct manner, without softening the speech or using subtlety.

You can use the idiom ‘point-blank’ to describe a very direct style of speech.

Example of use: That girl doesn’t leave any room for misinterpretation: when Danny asked her out on a date, she said “no”, point-blank.

 

 

 

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Preaching to the Choir

Means: To commend an opinion to those who already accept it.

You can use the idiom ‘Preaching to the Choir’ to describe a situation where someone tries to convince you of something you already believe in.

Example of use: You don’t need to tell me this project is important; you’re preaching to the choir.

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Tearjerker

Means: a sad movie, story, song, poem etc. that moves or is intended to move its audience to feel sorrow or empathy

You can use tearjerker to describe an occurrence that made you feel sad.

Example of use: I just saw the matinee at the local theater, they’re showing a real tearjerker. Make sure you bring your tissues!

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Black Sheep

Means: to be the outcast, odd one out, unlike the others

You can use the phrase “Black Sheep” when describing someone who acts differently than the expected norm. It’s usually used in conjunction with “family” as in he’s the black sheep of the family.

Example of use: Rachel is the black sheep in the family because she is an artist whereas everyone else is an economist.

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Hold your horses

Means: Be patient, wait

You can use the phrase “Hold your horses”,  when someone is asking you, or putting pressure on you, to do something.

Example of use:

Hold your horses sir, can’t you see that we haven’t finished here?!?!

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Turn over a new leaf

Means to start over, to act in a different manner or change your attitude about something.

Example of use:

After years of drifting from job to job, Danny turned over a new leaf and got himself a steady gig.