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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.


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.



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.



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!


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.”


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.



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.





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.