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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.

prick up your ears

Prick up your ears

The expression “prick up your ears” is used to describe listening carefully to something that is being said or that is happening around you.

Example in use: “Prick up your ears, because I’m about to tell you what to study for the final exam.”

 

 

Go Down Like A Lead Balloon

Go Down Like A Lead Balloon

The expression “go down like a lead balloon” is used to describe something that failed miserably, and that was utterly unsuccessful.

Example in use: “He thought he was funny; really though, his jokes went down like a lead balloon.”

 

Cast Iron Stomach

Cast Iron Stomach

You use the phrase “cast iron stomach” to describe someone who can eat all kinds of things without ever feeling sick. A person with a cast iron stomach, supposedly never experiences stomach aches.

Example in use: “It’s too spicy for me, but John will love it: He has a cast iron stomach!”

Keep body and soul together

Keep body and soul together

You use the expression “keep body and soul together” to describe the act of surviving, especially during difficult financial times.

Example in use: “Grandfather spent his life working the fields just so that he and Grandmother could keep body and soul together.”

pinch penny

Pinch Penny

Definition:

Pinch Penny is used as a noun to describe a thrifty person, meaning someone who is being frugal or stingy, or as a verb, as in ‘to pinch pennies’, when describing the action of saving money and not spending any.

Examples in use:

“We want to buy our own home, so we’re pinching pennies and saving as much money as we can.”

“His “pinch penny” uncle is not likely to help him pay off his student loan.”

 

Like a chicken with its head cut off

Like a chicken with its head cut off

The phrase “like a chicken with its head cut off” is used to describe someone who is panicking or acting in a crazy way.

Example in use: “Julie was so anxious to leave that she was running around like a chicken with its head cut off.”

 

 

lend an ear

Lend an Ear

You use the expression “lend an ear” when asking someone to pay attention and to listen.

Example in use: “Lend me your ear for a moment, and I’ll explain how this works.”

 

give someone the slip

Give Someone The Slip

The expression “give someone the slip” is used to describe the act of escaping.

Example in use : “The dog has been trying to catch old Rex for weeks, but that hound is talented at giving him the slip!”

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Queer the pitch

You use the phrase ‘queer the pitch’ to explain the act of ruining, interfering with, or even completely spoiling something, usually related to business.

Example in use: “Jack was just getting into his call to action when someone in the audience started shouting in an attempt to queer the pitch.”

Off On The Wrong Foot

Off-on-the-wrong-foot

The expression “off on the wrong foot” is used to discuss a relationship or project that made a bad start.  

Example in use: “Although we get along fine these days, we got off on the wrong foot back in the beginning!”