Idioms Beginning With: 'P'
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- Pull your finger out!
- (UK) If someone tells you to do this, they want you to hurry up.
('Get your finger out' is also used.)
- Pull your punches
- If you pull your punches, you do not use all the power or authority at your disposal.
- Pull your weight
- If someone is not pulling their weight, they aren't making enough effort, especially in group work.
- Pull yourself up by your bootstraps
- If you pull yourself up by your bootstraps, you make the effort to improve things for yourself.
- Pull yourself up by your bootstraps
- If you pull yourself up by your bootstraps, you improve your problem or situation by your own efforts, without anyone else's help.
- Pulling chocks
- If you pull chocks, you get ready and leave a place.
- Punching bag
- A punching bag (or punch bag) is a person who gets a lot of unfair criticism.
- Pup's chance
- A pup's chance is no chance.
- Puppy love
- Puppy love is love between two very young people.
- Purple patch
- A purple patch is a period of time when someone or something is successful and doing well.
- Push comes to shove
- If or when push comes to shove, the situation has become some bad that you are forced to do something:
If push comes to shove, we'll just have to use our savings.
- Push the envelope
- This means to go to the limits, to do something to the maximum possible.
- Push the panic button
- If someone pushes the panic button, they respond to a situation by becoming very frightened or excited.
- Pushing at an open door
- If you're pushing at an open door, you achieve what you want easily because many people agree with you or support you.
- Pushing up the daisies
- If someone is said to be pushing up the daisies, they are dead.
- Put a bug in your ear
- If you put a bug in someone's ear, you give him or her a reminder or suggestion relating to a future event.
- Put a cork in it!
- This is a way of telling someone to be quiet.
- Put a sock in it
- If someone tells you to put a sock in it, they are telling you to shut up.
- Put all your eggs in one basket
- If you put all your eggs in one basket, you risk everything on a single opportunity which, like eggs breaking, could go wrong.
- Put it on the cuff
- If you put something on the cuff, you will take it now and pay for it later.
- Put lipstick on a pig
- If people put lipstick on a pig, they make superficial or cosmetic changes, hoping that it will make the product more attractive.
- Put more green into something
- (USA) To put more green into something is to spend more or to increase investment in it.
- Put off your stride
- If you put someone off their stride, you distract them and make it hard for them to do or complete a task.
- Put on a brave face
- If you put on a brave face, or put a brave face on something, you behave confidently or cheerfully even though things are difficult. ('Brave front' is also used.)
- Put on airs
- If someone puts on airs, they pretend to be grander and more important than they really are.
- Put on your thinking cap
- If you put on your thinking cap, you think very hard about something.
- Put or get someone's back up
- If you put or get someone's back up, you annoy them.
- Put some dirt on it
- This means that when you get hurt, you should rub it off or shake it off and you'll be ok.
- Put some mustard on it!
- (USA) It's used to encourage someone to throw a ball like a baseball hard or fast.
- Put somebody's nose out of joint
- If you put someone's nose out of joint, you irritate them or make them angry with you.
- Put someone on a pedestal
- If you put someone on a pedestal, you admire them greatly, idolise them.
- Put someone out to pasture
- If someone is put out to pasture, they are forced to resign or give up some responsibilities.
- Put that in your pipe and smoke it
- This is used as an unsympathetic way of telling someone to accept what you have just said.
- Put the brakes on
- When you put the brakes on, you are blocking someone's activities, or causing someone to stop doing something.
- Put the carriage before the horse
- If you put the carriage before the horse, you try to do things in the wrong order.
- Put the kybosh on
- To put an end to something.
- Put the pedal to the metal
- If you put the pedal to the metal, you go faster.
- Put the screws on
- If you put the screws on someone, you use threats or pressure in order to get them to do what you want.
- Put to the sword
- If someone is put to the sword, he or she is killed or executed.
- Put two and two together
- If someone puts two and two together, they reach a correct conclusion from the evidence.
- Put up or shut up
- 'Put up or shut up' means you do something you are talking about or not to talk about it any more.
- Put you in mind
- If something suggests something to you, it puts you in mind of that thing.
- Put you in the picture
- If you put someone in the picture, you tell them the information they need to know about something.
- Put your best foot forward
- If you ut your best foot forward, you try your best to do something.
- Put your cards on the table
- If you put your cards on the table, you make your thoughts or ideas perfectly clear.
- Put your foot down
- When someone puts their foot down, they make a firm stand and establish their authority on an issue.
- Put your foot in it
- If you put your foot in it, you do or say something embarrassing and tactless or get yourself into trouble.
- Put your foot in your mouth
- If you put your foot in your mouth, you say something stupid or embarrassing.
- Put your hand on your heart
- If you can out your hand on your heart, then you can say something knowing it to be true.
- Put your heads together
- If people put their head together, they exchange ideas about something.
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