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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms P, page 11

Idioms P, page 11:  from:   'pressed for time'   to:   'proof of the pudding'


  • pressed for time
    • If you are pressed for time, you have hardly enough time to do something, so you must hurry.
      "Sorry, I can't talk to you now. I'm a bit pressed for time."

  • (as) pretty as a picture
    • Someone who is (as) “pretty as a picture’ is very attractive or appealing in appearance.
      "The young bride looked (as) pretty as a picture in her beautiful dress."

  • cost a pretty penny
    • If something costs a pretty penny, it costs a lot of money.
      "Steve's new car must have cost a pretty penny!"

  • prey on your mind
    • If something preys on your mind, it troubles you so much that you keep thinking about it.
      "The vision of the house on fire kept preying on her mind."

  • price yourself out of the market
    • If you price yourself out of the market, you charge such a high price for your goods or services that nobody wants to buy them.
      "He was so eager to make money that he priced himself out of the market."

  • price you have to pay
    • The price you have to pay is what you have to endure in return for something you gain or achieve.
      "Lack of privacy is the price you have to pay for being a celebrity."

  • prick up your ears
    • If you prick up your ears, you suddenly pay attention to what is being said.
      "The children prick up their ears when they hear the word 'ice-cream'."

  • the prime of one's life
    • Theprime of one's life is the time in a person's life when they are the most successful, or in their best physical condition.
      "At the age of 75, the singer is not exactly in the prime of his life!"

  • get your priorities right
    • If you put things in the right order of importance, you get your priorities right.
      "Dad! Your health is more important than the state of the garden. You must get your priorities right!"

  • prod into (doing something)
    • If you prod someone into doing something, you make a hesitant person do something that they are reluctant to do.
      "Elsa was ideal for the job, but I had to prod her into applying for the position."

  • (a low) profile
    • A person who keeps a low profile tries not to attract public attention.
      "The investor is a discreet man who keeps a low profile."

  • prolong the agony
    • If someone prolongs the agony, they make an unpleasant or tense situation last longer than necessary.
      "Please don't prolong the agony. Just tell me whether I've been accepted or not."

  • proof of the pudding (is in the eating)
    • This expression means that something new can only be judged after it has been tested.
      "I'm going to try out my new DVD player. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, as we all know!"

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