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.

The Ball is in your Court

‘The Ball is in your court”‘ means that it’s someone else’s turn to make a move.

Example of use: “It’s not Daniel’s fault the deal isn’t finished, he made the last offer. The ball is in Harry’s court now.”

Sweet Nothings

The phrase ‘Sweet Nothings’ means: Romantic things that people who are in love say to each other.

Example of use: Joffrey kept leaning across the table, whispering sweet nothings in her ear.

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Cross your fingers

Cross your fingers means: To wish for things to happen the way you want them to.

Example of use: Let’s all cross our fingers and hope that our team wins!

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Against all Odds

The phrase ‘Against all odds’ means despite very low probability; in a most unlikely way.

Example of use: “She managed to win the trophy against all odds.”

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Break the Bank

Break the Bank means: To lose all of your money.

Example of use: Having the ocean-view apartment without breaking the bank is the dream.

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Show of Hands

‘Show of Hands’ means raising hands to vote about something.

Example of use: “By a show of hands, how many of you would prefer to have the test on Friday?”

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Brazuca

Means: Someone born in Brazil or something made in Brazil. Also used to describe national pride in anything with a Brazilian nature.

Example of use: Miguel’s wearing all yellow and green colors today, he’s a true Brazuca.

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Strike Out

To ‘Strike Out’ means to fail at something.

Example of use: “Last semester, my assignment was perfect, but I struck out this time.”

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Hands Down

The phrase ‘Hand Down’ means  Easily, or unquestionably.

Example of use: “Rob is hands down the biggest threat for me in the competition.”

 

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To Drop Out

‘To Drop Out ‘means to stop attending, usually from school

Example of use: “Maurice had to drop out of school when his mother became ill, so that he could help take care of her.”

 

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Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors means: In secret; Away from observers.

Example of use: “Because of all the sensitive information, they held the meeting behind closed doors.”

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