Idioms Beginning With: 'P'
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- Piece of cake
- If something is a piece of cake, it is really easy.
- Pieces of the same cake
- Pieces of the same cake are things that have the same characteristics or qualities.
- Pig in a poke
- If someone buys a pig in a poke, they buy something without checking the condition it was in, usually finding out later that it was defective.
- Pig in clover
- Someone who is very happy and pleased is as happy as a pig in clover.
- Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered
- (USA) This idiom is used to express being satisfied with enough, that being greedy or too ambitious will be your ruin.
- Pigs might fly
- If you think something will never happen or succeed, you can say that 'pigs might fly' (or 'pigs can fly' and 'pigs will fly'- the idiom is used in many forms)
- 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.
- Pin money
- (UK) If you work for pin money, you work not because you need to but because it gives you money for extra little luxuries and treats.
- Pinch of salt
- If what someone says should be taken with a pinch of salt, then they exaggerate and distort things, so what they say shouldn't be believed unquestioningly.
('with a grain of salt' is an alternative.)
- Pink pound
- (UK) In the UK, the pink pound is an idiom for the economic power of gay people.
- Pink slip
- If someone receives a pink slip, they receive a letter telling them they have lost their job.
- Pipe dream
- A pipe dream is an unrealistic, impractical idea or scheme.
- Piping hot
- If food is piping hot, it is very hot indeed.
- Piss in your pocket
- If someone is pissing in your pocket, they are pretending to be your friend.
- Place in the sun
- If you have your place in the sun, you find wealth, happiness or whatever you are looking for in life.
- Plain as a pikestaff
- (UK) If something is as plain as a pikestaff, it is very clear.
- Plain as the nose on your face
- If something is as plain as the nose on your face, it is very clear and obvious.
- Plain Jane
- A plain Jane is a woman who isn't particularly attractive.
- 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.
- Plastic smile
- When someone is wearing a plastic smile, they are appear to be happier with a situation or events than they actually are. This is actually a description of the forced smile you might see in many photographs.
- Play ball
- If you play ball, you agree to do what someone asks you to do, or to agree to work with someone in order to achieve something together (often negative)
- Play by ear
- If you play by ear, you deal with something in an impromptu manner, without guidelines or rules. It refers to playing music without using written notation.
- 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 for time
- If you play for time, you delay something because because you are not ready or need more time to thing about it. Eg. I knew I had to play for time until the police arrived.
- Play gooseberry
- (UK) A person who tags along with two people who are in a romantic relationship when they would rather be alone is playing gooseberry. The American English equivalent is "third wheel".
- 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 hardball
- If someone plays hardball, they are very aggressive in trying to achieve their aim.
- 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 into someone's hands
- If you play into someone's hands, you do what they were expecting you to do and take advantage of this.
- Play it by ear
- If you play it by ear, you don't have a plan of action, but decide what to do as events take shape.
- Play out of your skin
- If someone plays out of their skin, they give an outstanding performance.
- Play possum
- To pretend to be dead or sleeping. His younger sister jumped on him because she knew he was just playing possum.
- Play second fiddle
- If you play second fiddle, you take a subordinate role behind someone more important.
- Play the field
- Someone who plays the field dates or has sexual relationships with many people.
- 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.
- Pleased as punch
- When someone is pleased as punch, they are very satisfied about something
- Poacher turned gamekeeper
- Someone who gets a legitimate job which is the opposite of their previous one. E.G a computer hacker who then helps to catch other hackers or an ex-bank robber who then advises banks on security.
- Poetry in motion
- Something that is poetry in motion is beautiful to watch.
- Point the finger
- When you point the finger at someone, you are accusing and blaming them for something.
- Pointy-heads are supposed intellectuals or experts, but who don't really know that much.
- Poison pill
- A poison pill is a strategy designed to prevent a company from being taken over.
- Poisoned chalice
- If someone is given a poisoned chalice, they are given a job or task which appears attractive but is actually doomed to failure or beset with problems that will damage their reputation or harm them.
- Poker face
- Someone with a poker face doesn't show any emotion or reaction so that people don't know what they are feeling.
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