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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms P, page 13

Idioms P, page 13:  from:   'punch above your weight'   to:   'put on ice'


  • punch above your weight
    • If you punch above your weight, you try to perform at a level that is beyond your ability.
      "Emily 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 considered acceptable.
      "Some TV producers really push the envelope when they expose people's private lives."

  • push your luck
    • If you , 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!"

  • if push comes to shove
    • The expression 'if push comes to shove' refers to what you will do if the situation becomes critical and you have to take action.
      "There should be enough room for everyone, but if push comes to shove we can go to the hotel."

  • pushing up the daisies
    • To say that someone is pushing up the daisies means that they are dead.
      "Old Johnny Barnes? He's been pushing up the daisies for over 10 years!"

  • put/lay one's cards on the table
    • If you put your cards on the table, you speak honestly and openly about your feelings and intentions.
      "Let's clean the air and put our cards on the table."

  • put a damper on (something)
    • If someone or something puts a damper on a situation or event, they do something to make it less successful or enjoyable.
      "The party was going great until the neighbours' complaints put a damper on it."

  • put a spanner in the works
    • To put a spanner in the works (or throw a (monkey) wrench) means to cause problems and prevent something from happening as planned.
      "A new motorway was planned but a group of ecologists managed to put a spanner in the works."

  • put it mildly
    • If you put it mildly, you express your opinion or reaction in a controlled way, without exaggeration.
      "She's 3 years old and already able to read. That's promising, to put it mildly!"

  • put on a brave face
    • When confronted with difficulties, if you put on a brave face, you try to look cheerful and pretend that the situation is not as bad as it is.
      "Even in the worst of times she put on a brave face."

  • put on ice
    • If a project or plan is put on ice, all further action has been suspended or postponed for an indefinite period of time.
      "Plans for the nuclear power station have been put on ice."

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