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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.


When Pigs Fly

Means: Something that is highly unlikely to ever happen.

Example of use: “I might wake up early tomorrow to clean my room”. “Yes, you’ll do that when pigs fly”.


Hit the Books

Means: To study.

Example of use: Danny was in danger of failing, so before his last math test he left the show early to go home and hit the books.


Bull in a China Shop

Means: A very clumsy creature in a delicate situation.

Example of use: Danny’s like a bull in a china shop – don’t let him near those sculptures.


Back to the Drawing Board

Means: Time to start all over again.

Example of use: It looks like my plans to kill the weeds in the garden failed. Back to the drawing board.


Worlds Apart

Means: Greatly separated by differing attitudes, needs, opinions, or temperaments.

Example of use: They are worlds apart. I can’t imagine how they ever decided to get married.


Green Thumb

Means: To be skilled at gardening.

Example of use: Catelyn has a green thumb – she can make the desert bloom!!


Take the Fall

Means: Accept the blame and possibly the punishment for another’s wrongdoing

Example of use: It was brave of him to take the fall for Danny like that.



Out of the Blue

Means: Without warning, surprisingly

Example of use: That storm came out of the blue, so no one had an umbrella.



As Light as a Feather

Means: To be very light in weight.

Example of use: Didn’t you pack anything? Your luggage is as light as a feather.


Pig Out

Means: To eat ravenously; gorge oneself

You can use ‘to pig out’ to describe a situation where you ate a lot more than you should have.

Example of use: Last night I watched such a sad movie, I pigged out on a full carton of ice-cream to make myself feel better.