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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List - P

(page 5 : picture of health → pillar to post)

the picture of health Someone who looks the picture of health looks extremely healthy.
Nice to see you again Mr. Brown.  I must say you look the picture of health!
a picture is worth a thousand words This expression means that a picture can give just as much information as a large amount of descriptive text.
Look at the picture of the crash! A picture is worth a thousand words isn't it?
get the picture A person who gets the picture understands what is being explained or described.
The alarm went off and people started running everywhere - you get the picture I'm sure!
pie in the sky If an idea or project is pie in the sky, it is completely unrealistic or unlikely to be achieved.
The promise of low-cost housing for everyone turned out to be pie in the sky.
easy as pie If something is easy as pie, it is very easy to do.
"How did the English test go?" "No problem - it was easy as pie."
eat humble pie If you eat humble pie, you are forced to admit that you were wrong and apologize.
After openly criticizing Bill's work, Fred had to eat humble pie when Bill was elected 'salesman of the year'.
pie-eyed Someone who is pie-eyed is completely drunk.
He had never taken an alcoholic drink so after one beer the boy was pie-eyed.
piece of the action When someone wants a piece of the action, they want to participate in what other people are doing and benefit from it.
The songwriter thought the show would be a success so he wanted a piece of the action.
piece of cake To refer to something as a piece of cake means that you consider it to be very easy.
The English test was a piece of cake!
go to pieces If you go to pieces, for example after a terrible shock, you are so upset or distressed that you cannot lead a normal life.
Jack nearly went to pieces when his son died in a car crash.
make a pig of yourself If you make a pig of yourself, you eat and drink too much.
Watch what you eat.  Don't make a pig of yourself!
on the pig's back A person who is on the pig's back is in a state of luck and everything is going well for them.
Before the recession, Ireland was on the pig's back, but the situation has changed greatly.
put lipstick on a pig This expression means that to 'dress up' something unappealing or ugly, in a vain attempt to make it look better, is like putting lipstick on a pig.
Flowers on that ugly old bridge would be (like putting) lipstick on a pig!
pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered You should be satisfied when you have enough; if you are too greedy, like a hog, you risk losing everything.
pigs might fly The expression 'pigs might fly' expresses disbelief, or the idea that miracles might happen but are extremely unlikely.
My grandmother buying a computer? ... Yeah! ... and pigs might fly!
bitter pill to swallow A bitter pill to swallow is something very difficult or unpleasant to accept.
Losing his job after organizing the merger was a bitter pill to swallow.
pillar to post If a person, usually someone in difficulty, goes from pillar to post, they move constantly from place to place.
When the factory closed down, Benny moved from pillar to post in search of a new job.
   
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