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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.



Means: a sad movie, story, song, poem etc. that moves or is intended to move its audience to feel sorrow or empathy

You can use tearjerker to describe an occurrence that made you feel sad.

Example of use: I just saw the matinee at the local theater, they’re showing a real tearjerker. Make sure you bring your tissues!

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Black Sheep

Means: to be the outcast, odd one out, unlike the others

You can use the phrase “Black Sheep” when describing someone who acts differently than the expected norm. It’s usually used in conjunction with “family” as in he’s the black sheep of the family.

Example of use: Rachel is the black sheep in the family because she is an artist whereas everyone else is an economist.


Hold your horses

Means: Be patient, wait

You can use the phrase “Hold your horses”,  when someone is asking you, or putting pressure on you, to do something.

Example of use:

Hold your horses sir, can’t you see that we haven’t finished here?!?!


Turn over a new leaf

Means to start over, to act in a different manner or change your attitude about something.

Example of use:

After years of drifting from job to job, Danny turned over a new leaf and got himself a steady gig.

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It ain’t over till the fat lady sings

This colloquial phrase means that the final outcome of an event cannot be predicted until it has come to a conclusion. The phrase is usually used when the event is coming to a conclusion, and it cautions against assuming that what is currently happening is the definite outcome.

The imagery of this phrase typically refers to the stereotype of an overweight soprano in an opera. Specifically, Wagner’s opera Der Ring des Nibelugen’s last part depicts an overweight opera singer whose twenty minute piece leads to the end of the opera.




Breaking the ice

Overcoming the social awkwardness often experienced between people meeting for the first time. One might break the ice by making a funny joke or finding another way to ease the tension.

Example of use:

John and David were both a bit uneasy when they first met, but they broke the ice with drinks at the bar before they began discussing business.


It’s Raining Cats and Dogs


A heavy downpour, rain coming down very quickly and hard.

Example of use:

There’s no way they’ll be playing at the park, it’s raining cats and dogs out there!


A Fish Out of Water

Refers to someone confronted with a particular situation that causes anxiety because it is completely new or confusing.

Example of use:

When Danny first moved to the big city from the countryside, he was like a fish out of water.