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.

Against the Clock

You use the phrase ‘Against the Clock’ to indicate that you are in a race with

Example of use: “Hurry up! We’re working against the clock here!”


Finding Your Feet

When you use the term ‘Finding Your Feet’ you mean that someone is becoming
confident in a new situation.

Example of use: “You’ve only been working here a few days, but you really are finding your feet!”


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Lose Your Head

You use the expression ‘Lose Your Head’ to indicate the tendency to become overly
emotional or confused about something.

Example of use: “Be careful not to lose your head. This situation calls for steady nerves!”


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Wake up on the Wrong Side of the Bed

You use the phrase ‘Wake up on the Wrong Side of the Bed’ to indicate that someone
is in a bad mood.

Example of use: “Try not to wake up on the wrong side of the bed tomorrow. You’re awfully grouchy today!”

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To Steal Someone’s Thunder

You use the expression ‘To Steal Someone’s Thunder’ to say that someone is making
claims that belong to somebody else.

Example of use: “Don’t resort to plagiarism. All you’re doing is stealing someone’s thunder.”

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A Taste of Your Own Medicine

You use the expression ‘A Taste of Your Own Medicine’ to indicate that someone is
sampling the same unpleasantness they’ve been dishing out to others.

Example of use: “I don’t feel at all sorry that people are calling you names. You’re getting a taste of your own medicine.”

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Smell a Rat

When you say you ‘Smell a Rat’ you mean that you’re picking up on something

Example of use: “What are you guys up to? I smell a rat.”

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On Pins and Needles

When you use the expression ‘On Pins and Needles’ you mean that someone is in a
state of anxious suspense.

Example of use: “Todd has been on pins and needles all day, waiting for his wife to have the baby.”

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Dropping Like Flies

You use the phrase ‘Dropping Like Flies’ to indicate that people or animals are falling
dead or ill in large numbers.

Example of use: “The flu is going around the office. People are dropping like flies.”


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A Chip on Your Shoulder

When you use the expression ‘A Chip on Your Shoulder’ you mean someone has a
perceived grievance or believes others perceive them to be inferior.

Example of use: “You’ve got a chip on your shoulder if you think Dustin has something against you. He’s just a serious person; he never smiles at anyone.”

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Jump to Conclusions

You use the phrase ‘Jump to Conclusions’ to indicate that a decision is being made
without benefit of all the facts.

Example of use: “Be clear when you speak to Claire. She’s often quick to jump to conclusions.”


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