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Out of sorts
If you are feeling a bit upset and depressed, you are out of sorts.
Out of the box
Thinking out of the box is thinking in a creative way. However, it can also be used for a ready-made product that requires no specialist knowledge to set it up.
Out of this world
If something is out of this world, it is fantastic.
Out of Whack
If something is out of whack, it is not working correctly or not in the correct order.
Out-and-out
This means complete or total; an out-and-out lie is completey false.
Over a barrel
If someone has you over a barrel, they have you in a position where you have no choice but to accept what they want.
Over and over
If something happens over and over, it happens repeatedly.
Over the hill
If someone is over the hill they have reached an age at which they can longer perform as well as they used to.
Over the moon
If you are over the moon about something, you are overjoyed.
Paddle your own canoe
(USA) If you paddle your own canoe, you do things for yourself without outside help.
Page turner
A book so interesting that you can't stop reading it is a page turner.
Paint yourself into a corner
(USA) If someone paints themselves into a corner, they get themselves into a mess.
Part and parcel
If something is part and parcel of your job, say, it is an essential and unavoidable part that has to be accepted.
Pass muster
If something passes muster, it meets the required standard.
Pass the buck
If you pass the buck, you avoid taking responsibility by saying that someone else is responsible.
Pearl of wisdom
A pearl of wisdom is a good or important piece of advice, but it is often used in an ironic way when someone gives advice that is very obvious or not very useful.
Pep talk
When someone gives you a pep talk it is to build you up to help you accomplish something. In sports a coach might give a player a pep talk before the game to bolster his confidence. At work the boss might give you a pep talk to get you to do a better job.
Perish the thought
Perish the thought is an expression meaning that you really hope something will not happen.
Pick up the pace
To speed things up
Picture perfect
When something is exactly as it should be it is said to be picture perfect.
Pile it on thick
To pile it on thick is to exaggerate or overstate something, usually flattery or praise.  ('Lay it on thick' is also used.)
Pin down with a label
If you pin someone down with a label, you characterise them, often meant negatively as the label is restrictive.
Piping hot
If food is piping hot, it is very hot indeed.
Plain as a pikestaff
(UK) If something is as plain as a pikestaff, it is very clear.
Plain sailing
If something is relatively easy and there are no problems doing it, it is plain sailing.
Plan B
Plan  is an alternate or fall-back position or method when the initial attempt or plan goes wrong.
Play fast and loose
If people play fast and loose, they behave in an irresponsible way and don't respect rules, etc.
Play for keeps
If you are playing for keeps, you take things very seriously and the outcome is very important to you; it is not a mere game.
Play hard to get
If someone plays hard to get, they pretend not to be interewsted or attracted by someone, usually to make the other person increase their efforts.
Play havoc
Playing havoc with something is creating disorder and confusion; computer viruses can play havoc with your programs.
Play hooky
If people play hooky, they don't attend school when they should and don't have a valid reason for their absence.
Play the fool
If someone plays the fool, they behave in a silly way to make people laugh. ('Act the fool' is and alternative form.)
Play with fire
If people take foolish risks, they are playing with fire.
Playing to the gallery
If someone plays to the gallery, they say or do things that will make them popular at the expense of more important issues.
Please revert
(India) Please respond to me if the solution provided is incorrect or insufficient.
Poetry in motion
Something that is poetry in motion is beautiful to watch.
Poles apart
When two people or parties have an opinion or point of view that is as far apart as they could possibly be, they are poles apart.
Pop the question
When someone pops the question, they ask someone to marry them.
Post-haste
Post-haste means as quickly as possible.
Pot-luck
If you take pot-luck, you take whatever happens to be available at the time.
Pour oil on troubled waters
If someone pours oil on troubled waters, they try to calm things down.
Powers that be
The powers that be are the people who are in charge of something.
Practical joke
A practical joke is a trick played on someone that is meant to be funny for people watching, though normally embarrassing for the person being tricked.
Presence of mind
If someone behaves calmly and rationally in difficult circumstances, they show presence of mind.
Pride goes before a fall
Excessive pride or confidence can allow people to make mistakes or go wrong.
Prim and proper
Someone who is prim and proper always behaves in the correct way and never breaks the rules of etiquette.
Pros and cons
Pros and cons are arguments for or against a particular issue. Pros are arguments which aim to promote the issue, while cons suggest points against it. The term has been in use since the 16th century and is a shortening of a Latin phrase, pro et contra, which means “for and against.” Considering the pros and cons of an issue is a very useful way to weigh the issue thoughtfully and reach an informed decision.
Pull in the reins
When you pull in the reins, you slow down or stop something that has been a bit out of control.
Pull strings
If you pull strings, you use contacts you have got to help you get what you want.
Pull the other one, it's got brass bells on
This idiom is way of telling somebody that you don't believe them. The word 'brass' is optional.

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