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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.

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!”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”


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.”

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.”


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.”