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.

Wet Behind the Ears

The meaning of the phrase “Wet Behind the Ears” is someone who is very young, naive and inexperienced.

Example of use: “I can’t believe they decided to promote Kelly. If you ask me, I think she’s still wet behind the ears”. 

Salad Days

The phrase “Salad Days” refers to a time when a person is at the peak of his abilities.

Example of use: Mark -“When I was young I went out every night, came back home at 4 in the morning, slept for 3 hours and went to work feeling awesome”.  Ron-“well those were your salad days. You’re too old for that today”

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Play Hooky

The phrase ‘Play Hooky’ means to skip school, work or any other obligation without a justified excuse.

Example of use: “My friends are playing hooky today so that they can be first in line to buy tickets for the concert tonight”

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Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread

The idiom ‘Greatest thing since sliced bread’ means that something is the best and most useful innovation or development invented for a long time.

Example of use: “I’ve bought a new touchscreen computer, it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, I can’t believe I ever worked without it”. 

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Finger-lickin’ Good

“Finger-lickin’ good” generally refers to especially tasty food.

Example of use: Ruth—”Mom’s pasta was so delicious that I had three bowls of it , Roger—”I know, it was finger-lickin’ good”.

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As Cool as a Cucumber

The phrase “As Cool as a Cucumber” means to be very calm, with no worries. Someone who is not affected by pressure.

Example of use: John—”It’s Beckham with the ball, do you think he’ll score? Ron—”Look at him, he’s as cool as a cucumber, he’ll score with no problem”.

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Sugar Daddy

A “Sugar Daddy” is a wealthy (and usually older) man who supports and provides for a younger woman in exchange for companionship and/or other favors.

Example of use: Rachel — “Did you see Dana’s new diamond ring?”, Kelly—”Don’t you know, her new sugar daddy bought it for her. I can’t believe her, he is the same age as her father”. 

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Take a Chill Pill

A chill pill is something that has a relaxing or calming effect. When someone is stressed and you want him/her to calm down, you say “Take a Chill Pill”.

Example of use: Daren was so scared and stressed out on the plane back home, so I yelled at him “Take a chill pill, you’re freaking everybody out”.

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Down to the Wire

The idiom “down to the wire” means waiting until the last minute to do something.

Example of use: “I went partying yesterday and forgot that I’m supposed to submit my paper tomorrow. It’s gonna be down to the wire and I’ll have to pull an all-nighter to finish it on time”. 


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Bend over Backwards

“Bend over Backwards” means to work very hard to accomplish something.

Example of use: “We bent over backwards to help him, and he never ever thanked us”.

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A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

A wolf in sheep’s clothing means someone who hides malicious intent under the guise of kindliness.

Example of use: “Don’t trust the salespeople at the store; they are all wolves in sheep’s clothing!”


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