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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.

full of beans

Full of Beans

The phrase ‘full of beans’ is used to say when someone is always full of  vigor or merriness.

Example in use:When he heard the news on the radio, Phillip was absolutely full of beans.”

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

The phrase ‘God helps those who help themselves’ is said when one needs to take action and help themselves rather than praying for divine intervention to solve the problem.

Example in use: “You better start studying for your math exam as God helps those who help themselves.”

status quo

Status Quo

The phrase “Status quo” means the ‘existing state of affairs’. It is the short form of the Latin phrase “in statu quo” .

Example in use: “Jenna wanted to proceed with the next step, but then she decided it would be better to keep the status quo.”

Strike while the iron is hot

Strike While The Iron Is Hot

The phrase ‘strike while the iron is hot’ indicates to take advantage of the circumstances.

Examples in use: “It’s best to place your bid while the iron is hot or else you will never win the bid.”


Hillary Clinton cartoon

Glass Ceiling

The phrase ‘glass ceiling’ is often used in a situation when a woman or someone from a minority group have a hard time climbing up the professional ladder whether they are suitable or not.

Example in use: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 phrase ‘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.”