Idioms beginning with P

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pinch pennies

Meaning: make a conscious effort to spend as little money as possible in everyday life.

Example: Anna lost her job, and now she's pinching pennies to get by. Read more ➺


poke the bear

Meaning: to intentionally provoke or instigate a confrontation with someone who is known to be easily angered or irritated.

Example: Criticizing the boss's decisions is a sure way to poke the bear at work. Read more ➺


poles apart

Meaning: completely different and opposite.

Example: In personality and culture, the couple are poles apart. Read more ➺


pushing up daisies

Meaning: to be dead and buried.

Example: I'll be pushing up daisies by the time she replies to my proposal. Read more ➺


push the boat out

Meaning: to be extravagant or spend a lot of money on something, particularly for a celebration.

Example: Let us push the boat out and celebrate the win with a fancy dinner tonight. Read more ➺


pass the baton

Meaning: give responsibility for something important to another person.

Example: After a successful decade as CEO, he chose to pass the baton and retire. Read more ➺


piss and vinegar

Meaning: to self-reference someone who is in a bad mood and ready to fight.

Example: During the invasion, the soldiers were full of piss and vinegar, and therefore they went straight into the front lines. Read more ➺


plain as day

Meaning: easy and clear to understand.

Example: If you are unsure about using the equipment, please read the instructions. Its manual is as plain as day. Read more ➺


pound of flesh

Meaning: an unreasonable demand but something that is one's legal right.

Example: If you do not pay the amount of money, I have lent you by the agreed time, I will get a pound of flesh from you in return. Read more ➺


pay as you go

Meaning: a payment system that allows you to pay right before a service you use rather than later.

Example: When it comes to mobile phone contracts, seven out of ten customers opt for pay-as-you-go plans. Read more ➺


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