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.

Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

You use the expression ‘Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket’ to indicate the
importance of not putting all of your resources into one endeavor.

Example of use: “I really want to buy that house, but it will eat up my savings.” Answer: “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. It’s probably better to wait until you’ve saved a bit more.”


Don’t Count Your Chickens before They Hatch

When you say ‘Don’t Count Your Chickens before They Hatch’
you mean that it’s important to avoid any hastiness when evaluating the assets
you have available.

Example of use: “I’m going to go to Hawaii when my bonus comes in.” Answer: “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch!”


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Chow Down

When you use the term ‘Chow Down’ you mean to sit down to eat.

Example of use: “Dinner’s ready; let’s chow down!”


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Beat a Dead Horse

You use the term ‘Beat a Dead Horse’ to indicate that some action or ongoing
argument is useless.

Example of use: “He already told you no; don’t beat a dead horse.”

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At the Drop of a Hat

When you use the expression ‘At the Drop of a Hat’ you mean that something is
happening instantly, without any delay.

Example of use: “We’re all packed and ready to go; we can leave at the drop of a hat.”

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A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

You use the phrase ‘A Picture Paints a Thousand Words’ to indicate that a picture
or impression can express a complex idea in the same way a large amount of
descriptive text can.

Example of use: “Wow, this photograph really is amazing. A picture paints a thousand words!”

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A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

When you use the expression ‘A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand’ you
literally mean that success comes from sticking together and to do anything
else is to invoke disaster.

Example of use: “I wish Ben and Jerry would learn to get along. After all, a house divided against itself cannot stand.”

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Foaming at the Mouth

You use the expression ‘Foaming at the Mouth’ to indicate that someone is making a
furious display of anger or rage.

Example of use: “The boss is foaming at the mouth over Bill losing that account. I wouldn’t go in his office if I were you.”


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Turn a Blind Eye

You use the term ‘Turn a Blind Eye’ to refer to the act of ignoring or failing to
acknowledge something you know to be real.

Example of use: “She knows he’s lying to her, but she’s choosing to turn a blind eye to the situation.”

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Keep Your Chin Up

You use the expression ‘Keep Your Chin Up’ to encourage someone not to give up or
give in, and to remain cheerful despite a difficult situation.

Example of use: “Keep your chin up! Things will get better soon.”

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In the Bag

When you use the expression ‘In the Bag’ you mean that something has been secured to
the point where it is almost in your possession.

Example of use: “Did you get the job you applied for?” Answer: “Not yet, but it’s in the bag.”

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