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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.


Caught Between Two Stools

The phrase ‘caught between two stools’ means that a mission or task has not been executed, due to not being able to pick between two options.
Example of use: “This course is too difficult for beginners, but too simple for a  knowledge student. It’s caught between two stools”


Not Playing With a Full Deck

The phrase ‘not playing with a full deck’ is a phrase which suggests that somebody ‘is missing a screw’ or ‘not all there’ and so on.

Example of use: “I saw a lady running naked down the street, clearly she’s not playing with a full deck.” 


Eighty Six

There are two common meanings to the phrase ‘Eighty Six’, both of are commonly in context to restaurant slang. The first  one means to refuse or reject to serve a customer. The second is used to indicate that an item is finished, and should be taken off the menu.

Example of use: “please inform the staff that the mushroom ravioli is 86. Make sure that they are not mistaken with today’s special fettuccine risotto.”


Your Guess Is As Good As Mine

The phrase ‘your guess is as good as mine’ is used when one doesn’t know the solution or answer to a problem instead of admitting “I don’t know or have the solution or answer.”

Example of use:  I asked my wife “how long will it take for the pie to bake?” and she answered, “your guess is as good as mine.”


Give Yhe Benefit Of The Doubt

The phrase ‘give the benefit of the doubt’ means to regard somebody as though their behavior is right, despite the fact that you are not sure that it is.

Example of use: “I think that he broke his glasses on purpose, but, I will give him the benefit of the doubt.” 


All Bark and No Bite

The phrase ‘all bark and no bite’ is usually said about someone who talks a lot, but doesn’t really end up taking action on his threat.

Example of use: “She said that she will call the police if those people ever bother her again, but she didn’t. She’s all bark and no bite.”


Heard It On The Grapevine

This phrase “heard it on the grapevine” or “heard it though the grapevine” is a nice way of saying that one heard the information by means of gossip and rumor.

Example of use: “I heard on the grapevine that my sister-in-law got the promotion, but I really don’t know much about it.”



All Greek To Me

The phrase ‘ all Greek to me ‘ means that you can’t comprehend what is being written or said.

Example of use: “My brothers were having a discussion about the latest football fiasco, but it was all Greek to me“.


A Hot Potato

The phrase ‘ a hot potato’ usually means: a delicate subject which people have different opinions and feel very emotional about.

Example of use: “I never ask about anyone’s marital status; it can be a hot potato.”


Method To My Madness

This funny phrase: ‘method to my madness’ means that there is often a reason behind someone’s mysterious behavior.

Example of use: “At the start of his presentation, it seemed that he’s out of his mind, but when he finished, we saw that there’s method in his madness.”