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.

Cross That Bridge When You Come To It

The phrase “cross that bridge when you come to it” is used to say that you don’t need to ponder over a situation until it really happens.

Example of use: “My sister worries too much about what might happen when her kids grow up and move out, so people are always saying “you’ll cross that bridge when you come to it” to her.

Keep Something At Bay

The phrase ‘keep something at bay’ means; that you try to stop a problematic situation from getting closer to you.

Example in use: “That kid is very problematic; I am doing my best to keep him at bay.”

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Far Cry From

The phrase ‘far cry from’?means that something turned out very different from the anticipated outcome or result.

Example of use: “What the president had achieved during his presidency was a far cry from what he had promised during his run for election.”

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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”

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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.”?

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”?

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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.”

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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.”


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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“.

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