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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.

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Glass Ceiling

The term ‘glass ceiling’ is often used in a situation when a woman or someone from a minority group has had a hard time climbing up the professional ladder, and seems to have plateaued professionally below their actual potential.

Example in use:  “She was not able to break through the glass ceiling; despite her qualifications, she was not promoted to the executive level position.”



Spine Tingling

The phrase ‘ spine tingling’ is used in a moment when you feel frightened and excited at the same time.

Example in use: Seeing my son take that dive in the pool was one of those spine-tingling moments.”

first and foremost

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

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.”




Still Waters Run Deep

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.”

keep your nose clean

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.”

X Marks The Spot

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”. 


food for the thought

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.”


feel the pinch

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.”

took a swing

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.”