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.

Let the Cat Out of the Bag

‘Let the cat out of the bag’ means accidentally revealing information that you weren’t supposed to reveal.

Example of use: “Tim let the cat out of the bag about my surprise birthday party.”

Going Overboard

Going overboard means to do too much, go over the top in excess.

Example of use: Matt went overboard when he spent so much money on my birthday present.

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Learn the Ropes

Learn the ropes means to learn how to do something.

Example of use: “Once I learn the ropes at my new job, I won’t be so nervous and I’ll be very good at the work I do.”



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Bring Home the Bacon

The phrase “bring home the bacon” means to earn a living for the family.

Example of use: His wife chooses not to work, so Robert has to bring home the bacon.

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Curiosity Killed the Cat

Means: being too curious may bring about problems for you.

Example of use: “Hey, I wonder what’s down that street; it looks awfully dark and creepy.” Answer: “Let’s not try to find out. Curiosity killed the cat.”


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A Slip of the Tongue

What does the phrase “A Slip of the Tongue” mean?

It means an error in speaking in which the speaker says something unintentionally.

Example of use: “Be careful talking to the police tomorrow; one slip of the tongue could get us into big trouble.”

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Get Over It

The phrase “Get Over It” means to accept something that happened in the past and move on.

Example of use: Danny—”I’m really bummed that I lost the game last night” Rosa— “You need to get over it and focus on winning today’s game.”

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No Strings Attached

The phrase “no strings attached” refers to the act of doing something without asking for anything in return.

Example of use: “Danny said he’d do your chores today, no strings attached!”


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Means: An idea or behavior that is passed from one individual to another by imitation or other non-genetic means.

In Internet culture: An image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users, often with slight variations.

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A Penny for your Thoughts

What does a Penny for your Thoughts mean?

It means: What are you thinking about?

Example of use: Steffany, you look very pleased today. A penny for your thought?

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Jack of all Trades, Master of None

The phrase ‘Jack of All Trades, Master of None’ refers to a person who is competent in many skills, but is not outstanding in any of them.

Example of use: Josh refuses to study one profession. He fails to understand that a jack of all trades is a master of none.

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