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.

Third times a Charm

When you use the expression ‘Third time’s a Charm’ you mean that the third time
something is attempted, luck is sure to result. The phrase is also used as an
actual good luck charm that’s spoken just before you try something for the
third time.

Example of use: “I sure hope he doesn’t strike out again.” Answer: “Maybe he’ll get lucky. After all, third time’s a charm!”

High on the Hog

You use the expression ‘High on the Hog’ to indicate that something is luxurious or
that someone is affluent.

Example of use: “They’ve been living pretty high on the hog since they won the lottery.”

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Till the Cows Come Home

You use the phrase ‘Till the Cows Come Home’ to indicate a period of time that is
both long and indefinite.

Example of use: “When will you be finished?” Answer: “I’m not sure. We’ll be working on this project till the cows come home.”

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All in the Same Boat

You use the phrase ‘All in the Same Boat’ to indicate that you and your companions
or contemporaries are experiencing the same conditions or taking part in the
same situation.

Example of use: “Don’t be mad at me! We’re all in the same boat here.”

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The Bigger They Are the Harder They Fall

You use the expression ‘The Bigger They Are the Harder They Fall’ to indicate that
the more powerful or successful someone is, the more disastrous a loss is to

Example of use: “The Ravens are bitter about losing the championship game. The bigger they are, the harder they fall!”

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Rome Was Not Built in a Day

When you say ‘Rome Was Not Built in a Day’ you mean that something is going to take
time to complete.

Example of use: “I heard you’re writing a book. When will it be finished?” Answer: “Sometime next year. After all, Rome was not built in a day!”


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A Toss-Up

You use the expression ‘A Toss-Up’ to describe a situation where two possibilities
are equally likely.

Example of use: “It’s a toss-up between the Hawks and the Bulldogs for this year’s softball championship.”


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Up a Blind Alley

When you use the phrase ‘Up a Blind Alley’ you mean that someone is following a course of action that is certain to lead to an undesirable outcome.

Example of use: “I keep telling Gina to stop chasing after Joe. She’s just going up a blind alley!”

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Ring Fencing

You use the expression ‘Ring Fencing’ to indicate the obligation of a person or organization to use or restrict funds for a particular purpose.

Example of use: “We’re ring fencing the city council to ensure they allocate the funds they promised for the new city park.”

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Pipe Down

When you say ‘Pipe Down’ you mean “be quiet!”

Example of use: “Tell the kids to pipe down. I can’t hear the TV!”


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Everything but the Kitchen Sink

You use the phrase ‘Everything but the Kitchen Sink’ when discussing a situation
that includes just about everything possible.

Example of use: “When we moved to Indiana, we didn’t have much. By the time we sold our house 20 years later, we had to pack everything but the kitchen sink to move into the new place.”

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