English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - P
|the picture of health||Someone who
looks the picture of health looks
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
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
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
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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