Idioms – P
To pace yourself is to do something at a controlled and steady rate.
Keep pace with
To keep pace with someone is to progress at the same speed as them.
Put someone through their paces
To put someone through their paces is to make them demonstrate their abilities.
Send someone packing
To send someone packing is to dismiss them abruptly.
Pain in the neck
A pain in the neck is an annoying person or thing.
If something is above par, it is above the usual or expected level. If something is below par, it is below the expected level.
On a par with
Be equal to
When a person passes away, s/he dies.
To pass out is to lose consciousness.
Pass something up
To pass something up is to refrain from taking up an opportunity.
- The offer was so good that I didn’t want to pass it up.
A pat on the back
A pat on the back is an expression of encouragement or praise.
Patch something up
To patch something up is to repair something quickly or temporarily.
Pay someone back
To pay someone back is to take revenge on them.
When your efforts pay off, they yield good results.
Take someone down a peg or two
To take someone down a peg or two is to make them less arrogant.
Be ten a penny
If something is ten a penny, it is plentiful and therefore of little value.
- These days onions are ten a penny.
The penny dropped
An expression used to mean that someone has finally realized something.
Penny wise and pound foolish
When you are penny wise and pound foolish, you are economical in small matters but extravagant in large ones.
Phase something out
To phase something out is to withdraw something gradually.
Pick and choose
To pick and choose is to select only the best from a number of alternatives.
Pick someone’s brains
To pick someone’s brains is to obtain information by questioning them.
Pick a fight
To pick a fight is to provoke an argument or fight.
Pick holes in
To pick holes in something is to find fault with it.
Pick someone up
To pick someone up is to go to collect someone.
Pick your way
To pick your way is to walk slowly and carefully.
Pie in the sky
A pie in the sky is an unrealistic dream or goal.
Go to pieces
When someone goes to pieces, they become so upset that they cannot function properly.
Feel the pinch
When you feel the pinch, you experience financial difficulty.
Be pipped at the post
When you are pipped at the post, you are defeated by a small margin or at the last moment.
In the pipeline
If something is in the pipeline, it is in the process of being developed.
Pit someone against
To pit someone against is to test someone in a contest with
Put someone in their place
To put someone in their place is to make them feel less proud or content.