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.

Water under the Bridge

The phrase ‘Water under the Bridge’ refers to past events to be put aside.

Example of use: “Sure, we have had our disagreements in the past, but that’s water under the bridge now.”


The Cock of the Walk

The phrase refers to someone who acts more important than others in a group.

Example of use: “Jaime loved acting the cock of the walk and ordering everyone around.”


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When Pigs Fly

The phrase ‘When Pigs Fly’ refers to something that is highly unlikely to ever happen.

Example of use: “I might wake up early tomorrow to clean my room”. “Yes, you’ll do that when pigs fly”.

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Hit the Books

Hit the Books means: To study.

Example of use: “Danny was in danger of failing, so before his last math test he left the show early to go home and hit the books.”

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Bull in a China Shop

The phrase refers to a very clumsy creature in a delicate situation.

Example of use: “Danny’s like a bull in a china shop – don’t let him near those sculptures.”

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Back to the Drawing Board

Back to the Drawing Board means: Time to start all over again.

Example of use: “It looks like my plans to kill the weeds in the garden failed. Back to the drawing board.”

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Worlds Apart

Worlds Apart means: Greatly separated by differing attitudes, needs, opinions, or temperaments.

Example of use: “They are worlds apart. I can’t imagine how they ever decided to get married.”

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Green Thumb

‘Green Thumb’ means to be skilled at gardening.

Example of use: “Catelyn has a green thumb – she can make the desert bloom!!”

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Take the Fall

Take the Fall means: Accept the blame and possibly the punishment for another’s wrongdoing

Example of use: “It was brave of him to take the fall for Danny like that.”


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As Light as a Feather

To be ‘as light as a feather’ means to be very light in weight.

Example of use: “Didn’t you pack anything? Your luggage is as light as a feather.”


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Pig Out

To ‘Pig Out’ means to eat ravenously; gorge oneself. The phrase describes a situation where you ate a lot more than you should have.

Example of use: “Last night I watched such a sad movie, I pigged out on a full carton of ice-cream to make myself feel better.”


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