Idioms beginning with P

pay lip service

Meaning: to agree by word of mouth only

Example: He paid lip service to the cause, but he hasn't lent a hand yet. Read on

prevention is better than cure

Meaning: easier to stop problems than correct them later

Example: It is good to keep vaccinations up to date as prevention is better than cure. Read on

pipe dream

Meaning: an impossibility

Example: His plans of becoming an astronaut are a pipe dream, he should be more realistic. Read on

pat on the back

Meaning: to receive or express praise for a job well done

Example: He received a pat on the back from his boss from the new project that he landed. Read on

pep talk

Meaning: a motivational speech

Example: Last night, I met Sara for a pep talk because I had my interview the very next day. Read on

put the brakes on

Meaning: to stop or slow down an activity

Example: The economic situation is not looking good because of Brexit and this making the Prime Minister put the brakes on international investments. Read on

pie in the sky

Meaning: used to portray or refer to something that is lovely to consider however is probably not going to happen

Example: Her dream of wanting to move to London to become a famous singer is a pie in the sky if you ask me. Read on

piece of writing

Meaning: the work of a writer, anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)

Example: The editorial was a fine piece of writing. Read on

piece of work

Meaning: a complex, tricky, or odd person

Example: My friend has the weirdest of opinions, he's a real piece of work. Read on

prone to

Meaning: having a tendency to something - usually awful or unfortunate

Example: Kindly drive slow; this road is prone to accidents. Read on

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run a tight ship

Meaning: to be strict about something

Example: Martha runs a tight ship at home. With 4 kids to take care of at home, she cannot have it any other way. Read on

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