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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.


Add Insult to Injury

The phrase ‘add insult to injury’ is used in a situation when something happened or was said that upset you, after you’ve already been upset about something else.

Example of use: “My car broke down in the middle of nowhere, then, to add insult to injury, it started to rain.”

Kill Two birds With One Stone

The phrase: ‘kill two birds with one stone’ simply means solving two tasks at the same time or with one single action.

Example of use: “Whenever I jog, I like listening to English rap music. That way, I kill two birds with one stone; I stay fit whilst I improve my English language skills.”

Speak of the Devil

“Speak of the Devil” simply means when a person mentioned in the current conversation happens to walk into the room.

Example of use: “We were huddled around the tv, talking about Fred, when he walked in. Well, speak of the devil!”

Cutting Corners

The phrase ‘cutting corners’ is defined when someone tries to do something as cheaply or as quickly as possible, often sacrificing quality.

Example of use: “It is certainly not a sensible to cut corners on your children’s education.”

Once in a Blue Moon

The meaning of the phrase ‘Once in a Blue Moon’ is something that happens very rarely. However, in the past, the meaning of the phrase was something that was preposterous and unreasonable.

Example of use: “I have only 2 more months till my wedding, so I allow myself to eat fast food only once in a blue moon.”

Burning the Midnight Oil

The phrase ‘burning the midnight oil’ implies working overtime and working over normal standards.

Example of use: “The assignment was very difficult, so I was forced to burn the midnight oil to get it done on time” 

Devil’s Advocate

‘Devil’s Advocate’ is someone who pretends, in an argument or discussion, to be against an idea or plan that a lot of people support, in order to make people discuss and consider the idea in more detail.

Example of use: So you believe that Canadians are friendly? I’m going to be the devil’s advocate and say that they’re unfriendly!




Ivy League Phrase

Ivy League

‘Ivy League’ is a group of eight universities in the Northeastern United Stated, which have a reputation of high scholastic achievements and social prestige.

Example of use: “We really want Gordon to be the first person in our family to attend one of the Ivy League Universities. That’s why he’s been taking violin, chess, fencing and French lessons since he was 6 years old.”

Johnny On the Spot Phrase

Johnny On the Spot

The phrase ‘Johnny On the Spot’ refers to a person who is always available, ready, reliable and willing to perform a duty or a task without delay.

Example of use: “when Gabriel comes over, you need to be my Johnny on the Spot and make sure that we have whatever he needs.”

Top Banana Phrase

Top Banana

The ‘Top Banana’ is the leading person, the most powerful or important person in the group or organization.

Example of use: “Everybody agrees that Misha is the top banana in the office.”