Idioms beginning with P

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

pot calling the kettle black

Meaning: criticizing someone for a fault that you have too

Example: I can't believe that you are upset because I was late. That is the pot calling the kettle black. Read on

point out

Meaning: to identify something within a group

Example: I have to go to the office to point out the person that keeps jamming the printer. Read on

pardon me

Meaning: it is a way of apologising for something that has been said or done

Example: Pardon me for offending you. I didn't realise that you were sensitive to the subject. Read on

playing second fiddle

Meaning: to play a secondary or minor role with regards to someone else

Example: Sheila was determined to be the star of the show and she was not going to play second fiddle to anyone. Read on

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go down in flames

Meaning: to fail spectacularly

Example: The company went down in flames after reports came out that it had been financing illegal activities. Read on

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