English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - P
|pluck out of the air||To pluck
something out of the air means to say a
name, date, number, etc. spontaneously,
without thinking about it.
"What are we going to call the cat?"
I just plucked a name out of the air and said: " How about Daisy?"
|plug something||If you promote
something by talking about it favourably,
for example during a radio or TV interview,
you plug it.
He has accepted to appear on the show if he can plug his new book.
|a plum job||A desirable
position which is well-paid and considered
relatively easy is called a plum job.
Ideally he'd like to find himself a plum job in New York.
|a plum in your mouth||Someone who speaks
with an upper-class accent is said to have
a plum in their mouth.
He speaks just like an aristocrat - with a plum in his mouth!
|pocket of resistance||A small group of
people you resist change or disagree with a
proposal form a pocket of resistance.
The new boss wants to introduce job-sharing, but there's a pocket of resistance in the sales department.
|deep pockets||A person or
organisation who has a lot of money has
Andy's business is not doing well at the moment. He says he needs a friend with deep pockets!
|have someone in your pocket||If you have
influence or power over someone, you
have them in your pocket.
He was declared 'not guilty', but everyone knew that he had the jury in his pocket.
Poetic justice is an ideal form of justice
in which virtue is rewarded and evil
punished, often in a particularly
appropriate manner, by an ironic twist of fate.
It is poetic justice that the country responsible for the ecological disaster should suffer most from its effects.
|point of no return||When you reach the
point of no return, you must
continue what you have started, because you
have gone so far that it is impossible to go
I've resigned from teaching and decided to become a writer. Now I've reached the point of no return and must work on the book I am writing.
|beside the point||If something is
beside the point, it does not relate to
the topic or is irrelevant.
We need to know if he's qualified for the job. The fact that he plays golf is beside the point!
|come/get to the point||If you come
or get the point, you reach or
concentrate on the essential part or the
heart of the matter.
We don't need a long explanation Barry. Just get to the point!
|sore point||A sore point
is a subject to be avoided because it causes
anger or embarrassment.
Don't talk to Mary about weight - that's a sore point!
|poker face||Someone who has
a poker face has an expressionless face
that shows no emotion or reaction at all.
He sat with a poker face all through the show, revealing nothing of his thoughts.
|polish off||If you polish
something off, you finish it quickly or
Susan thought there was too much food but the boys polished it off in no time.
|politically correct||When people are
politically correct, they carefully
choose the language they use in order to
avoid offending particular groups of people.
Most people today make a conscious effort to be politically correct.
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