English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - P
|pop one's clogs||This is a
euphemistic way of saying that a person is
Nobody lives in that house since old Roger popped his clogs.
|pop the question||When you ask
someone to marry, you pop the question.
It was during a trip to Venice that he popped the question.
|is the Pope Catholic?||This is a sarcastic
way of answering a question in the
affirmative when the answer is obviously
"Do birds fly?"
"Of course they do. Is the Pope Catholic?"
|any port in a storm||When you are in
difficulty, any port in a storm
refers to a solution you accept which in
normal circumstances you would find
The hotel was substandard, but it was a case of any port in a storm;
all the others were full.
|go postal||If someone goes
postal, they lost their temper and
express their anger in a violent way.
My parents will go postal when they see the state of the house!
|pot luck||If you take pot
luck, you accept whatever is available
without knowing what it will be like.
We were so hungry we decided to take pot luck and stopped at the first restaurant we saw.
|pot calling the kettle black||This expression is
used in a situation where a person with a
fault criticizes someone else for having the
After being disqualified for not obeying the rules, the player accused another competitor of cheating; it was the pot calling the kettle black!
|hot potato||A hot potato
is a very sensitive and controversial matter
which is difficult to deal with.
The new Prime Minister hasn't been confronted with any hot potatoes yet.
|drop like a hot potato||If you drop
someone or something like a hot potato,
you leave them or immediately stop
associating with them.
As soon as the article was published, she dropped him like a hot potato.
|small potatoes||Something that is
small potatoes is considered to be
unimportant or insignificant.
Her first publication was considered small potatoes but her new book has lead to a change of opinion.
|pound the pavement||Someone who
pounds the pavement walks the streets
or goes from company to company, usually in
search of employment.
(You can also pound the pavement in an effort to raise funds or gain support for a cause.)
Charlie is out there pounding the pavement since he lost his job.
|pour cold water on||If you pour
cold water on someone's plans, opinions
or ideas, you discourage them by showing
little enthusiasm or expression your
The committee poured cold water on the idea of accepting new members.
|pour your heart out||If you pour
your heart out to someone, you express
your feelings freely.
When she needs to pour her heart out to someone, Elsa goes to visit her grandmother.
|pour water into a sieve||If someone spends
time or energy trying to do something that
is inefficient or useless, it is like
pouring water into a sieve.
Danny's mother used to say that teaching him good behaviour was like pouring water into a sieve.
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