English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - P
|proud as a peacock||A person who is as
proud as a peacock is extremely
When his son won first prize, Bill was as proud as a peacock.
|pull a fast one||To pull a fast
one means to gain an advantage over
someone by deceiving them.
The street vendor pulled a fast one on Tom. He sold him a big bunch of roses but wrapped a smaller bunch while Tom was taking out his wallet.
|pull (someone's) leg||If you pull
somebody's leg, you tease them by
telling them something that is not true.
Of course I'm not going to buy a sports car. I was just pulling your leg!
|pull no punches||If someone
pulls no punches, they speak openly and
honestly, holding nothing back.
The doctor pulled no punches. He explained in detail the risks of the operation.
|pull out all the stops||If you pull out
all the stops, you do everything you
can to make something successful.
We'll have to pull out all the stops to get the store ready for the opening day.
pull the other one
(it's got bells on)
|After hearing an
unlikely story, this is a way of telling the
speaker that you neither believe what they
say nor whatever they may say next.
You have a date with George Clooney? Yeah - now pull the other one!
|pull strings||If someone
pulls strings, they use influential
friends in order to obtain an advantage.
David found a job easily - his father just pulled a few strings.
|pull through||If you pull
through, you recover from a serious
Doris had to undergo heart surgery but she pulled through.
|pull the rug||If you pull the
rug from under someone's feet, you
suddenly and unexpectedly remove all help or
When Andy's mother stopped sending him money, she pulled the rug from under his feet and forced him to find a job.
|pull your weight||To say that
somebody pulls their weight means
that they do their fair share of the work.
It's great working with Sandra. She always pulls her weight.
|like pulling teeth||Something that is
like pulling teeth is extremely
difficult to obtain, especially if trying to
extract information from someone.
Getting him to talk about his job was like pulling teeth!
|punch above your weight||If you punch
above your weight, you try to perform
at a level that is beyond your ability.
She submitted her idea for the 'invention of the year' award, knowing that she was punching above her weight.
|punch line||The punch line
is the funny sentence that ends a joke
or an amusing story.
When my dad tells jokes, he never gets the punch line right!
|push the envelope||When you push
the envelope, you do something in an
extreme way or exceed the limits of what is
Some TV producers really push the envelope when they expose people's private lives.
|push one's luck||If you push
your luck, you try to get more than
what you have already obtained and risk
spoiling the situation.
You've got your father's permission to go to the concert. Don't push your luck by trying to borrow his car!
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