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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.

pinch penny

Pinch Penny


Pinch Penny is used as a noun to describe a thrifty person, meaning someone who is being frugal or stingy, or as a verb, as in ‘to pinch pennies’, when describing the action of saving money and not spending any.

Examples in use:

“We want to buy our own home, so we’re pinching pennies and saving as much money as we can.”

“His “pinch penny” uncle is not likely to help him pay off his student loan.”


Like a chicken with its head cut off

Like A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off

The phrase “like a chicken with its head cut off” is used to describe someone who is panicking or acting in a crazy way.

Example in use: “Julie was so anxious to leave that she was running around like a chicken with its head cut off.”



lend an ear

Lend an Ear

You use the expression “lend an ear” when asking someone to pay attention and to listen.

Example in use: “Lend me your ear for a moment, and I’ll explain how this works.”


give someone the slip

Give Someone The Slip

The expression “give someone the slip” is used to describe the act of escaping.

Example in use : “The dog has been trying to catch old Rex for weeks, but that hound is talented at giving him the slip!”


Queer The Pitch

You use the phrase ‘queer the pitch’ to explain the act of ruining, interfering with, or even completely spoiling something, usually related to business.

Example in use: “Jack was just getting into his call to action when someone in the audience started shouting in an attempt to queer the pitch.”

Off On The Wrong Foot

Off On The Wrong Foot

The expression “off on the wrong foot” is used to discuss a relationship or project that made a bad start.  

Example in use: “Although we get along fine these days, we got off on the wrong foot back in the beginning!”



No Room to Swing a Cat

The phrase  ‘no room to swing a cat’ is used to describe a very small or cramped space.

Example in use:  “It’s a cute house, but there’s no room to swing a cat.

use your loaf

Use Your Loaf

The phrase ‘use your loaf’ is an expression used to tell someone to use their brain more.

Example in use: “Is it so hard to use your loaf and understand what this situation means for your brother?” 

run out of steam

Run Out Of Steam

The phrase ‘run out of steam’ means that one has lost the energy or enthusiasm to keep doing what they were doing.

Example in use: “The student campaign ran out of steam when it became clear there was no way they would win a seat in the council.” 


Blue Blood

The phrase ‘blue blood’ originates from an old sentiment that aristocratic blood was blue. Normally used to describe royal family members.

Example in use: “I often remind my husband that I have blue blood flowing through my veins.”