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.

Go out on a Limb

You use the expression ‘Go out on a Limb’ to indicate that you are supporting someone or something despite putting yourself at a potential disadvantage.

Example of use: “I’m going to go out on a limb and approve his request for additional research funding.”

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

When you say ‘Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures’ you mean that actions that might seem extreme under normal circumstances are appropriate during adversity.

Example of use: “I really don’t want to break up with Tim, but desperate times call for desperate measures.”

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A Dime a Dozen

When you say ‘A Dime a Dozen’ you mean that something is common and almost worthless.

Example of use: “Those antique dishes are pretty, but they’re a dime a dozen.”

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Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve

You use the phrase ‘Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve’ to indicate that someone is displaying emotion openly.

Example of use: “I can tell Jenny is upset; she wears her heart on her sleeve.”

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The Best of Both Worlds

You use the expression ‘The Best of Both Worlds’ to describe a situation in which you can enjoy the benefits of two different opportunities.

Example of use: “Not only does Don have the freedom a student enjoys, his fellowship at the university means he also gets paid. It really is the best of both worlds.”

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Start from Scratch

You use the term ‘Start from Scratch’ to indicate that you’re beginning from the very start without previous preparation or advantage.

Example of use: “We don’t have a lot of money so we’re going to have to start from scratch.”

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Pass the Buck

You use the expression ‘Pass the Buck’ to indicate that someone is evading responsibility by passing the blame to someone else.

Example of use: “I don’t think I can trust Fred with demanding tasks. He’s always trying to pass the buck.”

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Nest Egg

You use the term ‘Nest Egg’ to indicate that something has been saved or set aside for later use.

Example of use: “Grandma built up a nice nest egg before she retired.”

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Knee Jerk Reaction

You use the phrase ‘Knee Jerk Reaction’ to indicate that you’ve made an automatic response to something.

Example of use: “I hauled off and hit him when he jumped out at me. I know he was playing a trick, but it was a knee jerk reaction!”

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In the Heat of the Moment

You use the expression ‘In the Heat of the Moment’ to indicate that you’ve said or done something without thinking because you were feeling angry or excited.

Example of use: “I’m afraid I was very rude; I was caught up in the heat of the moment.”

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Hit the Hay

When you say you are going to ‘Hit the Hay’ you mean that you are going to bed.

Example of use: “I’m exhausted. Time to hit the hay.”

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