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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.


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.



To Drop Out

Means: To stop attending, usually from school

Example of use: Maurice had to drop out of school when his mother became ill so that he could help take care of her.


Behind Closed Doors

Means: In secret; Away from observers.

Example of use: Because of all the sensitive information, they held the meeting behind closed doors.


Water under the Bridge

Means: Past events to be put aside.

Example of use: Sure, we have had our disagreements in the past, but that’s water under the bridge now.



The Cock of the Walk

Means: Someone who acts more important than others in a group.

Example of use: Jaime loved acting the cock of the walk and ordering everyone around.



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.