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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 the Bank

Means: To lose all of your money.

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

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Show of Hands

‘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?”

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Brazuca

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.

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Strike Out

To ‘Strike Out’ means to fail at something.

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

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Hands Down

The phrase ’Hand Down’ means  Easily, or unquestionably.

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

 

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To Drop Out

‘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.”

 

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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.

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Water under the Bridge

The phrase ‘Water under the Bridge’ refers to 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.”

 

 

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The Cock of the Walk

The phrase refers to 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.”

 

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When Pigs Fly

The phrase ‘When Pigs Fly’ refers to 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”.