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.

First and Foremost

The phrase ‘first and foremost’ is said to emphasize the most important fact in a situation.

Example in use: What we require, first and foremost, is another housekeeper.”

Stiff Upper Lip

The term ‘stiff upper lip’ is used when a person does not show his feelings especially when he’s distraught.

Example in use: Maria, please don’t cry, keep a stiff upper lip. Things are bound to get better.”




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Still Waters Run Deep

The phrase “still waters run deep” describes a person who doesn’t talk much and perhaps hides his complex thoughts on the matter.

Example in use: Though she seldom expresses her thoughts in class, her still waters run deep.”

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Keep Your Nose Clean

This phrase ‘keep your nose clean’ literally means: keep out of trouble.

Example in use: “Please keep your nose clean and stay far away from the troublemakers.”

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X Marks The Spot

The phrase ‘X marks the spot’ is used when someone wants to mark a spot.

Example in use: “I showed her the tree and told her; ”X marks the spot”. 


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Food For Thought

The phrase ‘food for thought’ is used when a person hears or discovers new information that he had never thought about beforehand.

Example in use: “The lecture was so inspiring, lots of food for thought.”


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Feel The Pinch

The phrase ‘feel the pinch’ is used to say when a person or company isn’t doing financially so well.

Example in use: “The world economic issues have increased to the point where even the middle-class families are beginning to feel the pinch.”

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Took A Swing

The phrase ‘took a swing’ is used to describe when a person tires to hit something or someone.

Example in use: “Jenifer lost it, she took a swing at Iris, but Iris bobbed out of the way just in time.”

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To Fall Off The Wagon

This phrase ‘To fall off the wagon’ is usually said on a recovering alcoholic, which means that someone has returned to drinking alcohol after a passé of abstinence.

Example in use:  “Anna hadn’t had a beverage in a decade, but when her husband of eleven years left her, she fell off the wagon again.”

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Fall At The First Hurdle

The phrase ‘fall at the first hurdle’ is used to say when someone fails at an early phase of a task.

Example in use: ‘The idea could fall at the first hurdle if they fail to secure the investors approval”

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Round of Drinks

The phrase ’round of drinks’ is usually said on someone who purchases alcoholic beverages for a group of  people.

Example in useIt’s my birthday! The first round of drinks is on me!


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