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.

Breaking the ice

Overcoming the social awkwardness often experienced between people meeting for the first time. One might break the ice by making a funny joke or finding another way to ease the tension.

Example of use: John and David were both a bit uneasy when they first met, but they broke the ice with drinks at the bar before they began discussing business.


It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs means:

A heavy downpour, rain coming down very quickly and hard.

Example of use:

“There’s no way they’ll be playing at the park, it’s raining cats and dogs out there!”

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A Fish Out of Water

Refers to someone confronted with a particular situation that causes anxiety because it is completely new or confusing.

Example of use: “When Danny first moved to the big city from the countryside, he was like a fish out of water.”


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The phrase ‘Bookworm’ refers to someone who reads a lot.

Example of use: “She is such a bookworm! She seems to have a new book every day!

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Out on the Town

You use the phrase ‘Out on the Town’ to describe the act of going out to enjoy
yourself, particularly in the evening.

Example of use: “We went out on the town last night. First we had dinner, then we caught a comedy

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Never Bite The Hand That Feeds You

You use the expression ‘Never Bite The Hand That Feeds You’ to explain the
importance of acting respectfully toward those you depend upon.

Example of use: “I know the boss isn’t always nice, but remember: Never bite the hand that feeds

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Get Down to Brass Tacks

When you use the expression ‘Get Down to Brass Tacks’ you mean you are clearing away
excess and getting to basic realities or facts.

Example of use: “Let’s get down to brass tacks. I’m sick of you taking advantage of me!”


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Drink like a Fish

You use the phrase ‘Drink like a Fish’ when discussing someone’s tendency toward
consuming too much alcohol.

Example of use: “It’s not a good idea to drink like a fish, especially if you’ve got to be at work early in the morning.”


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Bite off More than You Can Chew

You use the expression ‘Bite off More than You Can Chew’ to indicate that you’ve
taken on too much.

Example of use: “Be careful not to bite off more than you can chew. You’re going to have to take a day off sometime!”


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An Axe to Grind

When you say you have ‘An Axe to Grind’ you mean that you have a grievance.

Example of use: “I have an axe to grind with the boss. This is the last time he’s going to make me stay late on a Friday night”

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An Arm and a Leg

When you use the term ‘An Arm and a Leg’ you mean that something is expensive.

Example of use: “Be careful with that! It cost an arm and a leg.”


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