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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.

up a bat

Up to Bat

The phrase ‘ Up to Bat’ is used to say when one is being called upon to complete a task, particularly a task for which the said person needs to have a certain skill to succeed in completing the given task.

Example in use: “John, come on! Up to bat now, the administration is counting on you”.

Blaze a trail

Blaze A Trail

The expression “Blaze a Trail” is used to talk about leading the way or clearing a path toward progress.
Finding a new path, beginning a new undertaking.

Example in use:  ‘‘The suffragists blazed a trail, eventually convincing lawmakers to give American women the right to vote.’’


Blast from the past

A Blast From The Past

You use the expression “A Blast from the Past” to talk fondly about someone or something that has returned after an absence or a period of disuse or obscurity.
The phrase is usually a positive or a happy one.

Example in use:  ‘‘‘I heard an old Elvis tune on the radio yesterday. What an awesome blast from the past!’’’


Make a splash

Make A Splash

The expression “Make a splash” is used to talk about a person or event that makes a sudden, major impact and attracts a great deal of attention or becomes very well known.

Example in use:  ‘‘Barack Obama made quite a splash when he first ran for President!’’





Bats in the belfry

Bats In The Belfry

You use the expression “Bats in the belfry” to indicate that someone is acting eccentric or crazy.

Example in use:  ‘Wanda has bats in the belfry; she seems to think that the mailman is trying to steal her cat!’

Fly of the handle

Fly Off The Handle

The expression “Fly off the Handle” is used to indicate that someone has become irrationally angry due to a complete loss of self-control.

Example in use: ‘Try not to make Sam mad. He has a tendency to fly off the handle at the slightest provocation.’

doom and gloom

Doom and Gloom

You use the expression “Doom and Gloom” to discuss a feeling, atmosphere, or sense of despondency, pessimism, or general glumness. The phrase is often connected to political or business dealings as well as to personal feelings.

Example in use: ‘It’s been Doom and Gloom around the office ever since we lost that important account.”

Face the music

Face The Music

You use the expression ‘Face the Music’ to indicate that it is necessary to accept the negative consequences of previous actions.

Example in use: “Jim ran a stop sign and caused an accident; now he’s going to have to face the music.”

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Filthy Rich

The term ‘Filthy Rich’ was formerly used to discuss someone who was very wealthy, and who possibly became rich via unfair means. Today, the phrase’s meaning has softened a bit, and it is often used to talk about someone who is extremely rich, even if they became wealthy by honest means.

Example in use: “The preacher and his wife moved into a mansion; suddenly, they’re filthy rich.”


Brownie Points

You use the expression ‘Brownie Points’ to indicate a nominal mark of achievement or some kind of kudos for the performance of a positive or creditable act.

Example in use: “I’m going to earn plenty of brownie points for taking care of all these chores without being asked.”