AMERICAN IDIOMS P

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AMERICAN IDIOMS P
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  1. (A) pain in the butt:
    A problematic person/thing. Chronic complainer. "I hate doing my taxes. It's such a pain in the butt." "Stop being such a pain in the butt - all you do is complain!"
  2. (To) pass the buck:
    To blame someone else.
  3. (To) pass the time:
    To do something to keep busy. "What do you do to pass the time around here?"
  4. (A) pat on the back:
    A sign of approval - "To give someone a pat on the back" means to show them that you approve of something that they did.
  5. (To) pay an arm and a leg/ pay a fortune:
    To pay a lot of money. ex. "I hate to have to pay an arm and a leg for a tank of gas."
  6. (A) peeping Tom
    Someone who looks through people's windows.
  7. (A) piece of cake:
    Very easy. ex. "Hey how did you do on the test? Good - it was a piece of cake for me."
  8. (To give someone) a piece of one's mind:
    To scold, reprimand someone (for something they did). ex. "After I found out how badly Peter had treated his girlfriend, I gave him a piece of my mind."
  9. (To) pitch in:
    To help with something (especially financially). ex. "Let's all pitch in and buy him a nice present."
  10. (To) pick up the tab:
    To pay a bill. ex. "John, you picked up the tab last time - Let me pay this time."
  11. (To) play second fiddle to someone:
    To be second in importance to someone. ex. "Sam didn't join the team because they already had a star and Sam didn't wanted to play second fiddle to anyone."
  12. (To) play something by ear:
    To improvise. To see how things go and make a decision later. ex. "What do you want to do tonight? I don't know, let's just play it by ear."
  13. (To) play it safe:
    To act or be safe. To do something safely.
  14. (To) play the field:
    To date many different people instead of going steady. "After Mary broke up with Jim, she started playing the field."
  15. (A) poker face:
    A face with no expression. Also common is "to be poker-faced."
  16. preachy:
    An adjective that describes someone (or something) that tries to preach how one should live, etc. eg. "A preachy movie"
  17. Pressed for time:
    In a hurry.
  18. (To) promise someone the moon:
    To promise someone lots of extravagant things (unrealistically). ex. "He promised her the moon, but couldn't deliver on any of his promises."
  19. (To) puke:
    To vomit. To throw up.
  20. (To) pull someone's leg:
    To kid, play a joke on someone.
  21. (To) pull a fast one:
    To cheat or to deceive.
  22. Pure gold:
    If something is "pure gold" it is "the best", "fantastic", "amazing".
  23. (To) push one's luck:
    To expect continued good fortune.
  24. (To) put up a good fight:
    To try very hard. ex. "Well, although my team lost, they put up a good fight, so I'm not upset."

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