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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.


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.


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!!