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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms P, page 12

Idioms P, page 12:  from:   'proper 'do'   to:   'pulling teeth'


  • proper 'do'
    • This expression refers to a social event with formal clothes and top-class catering, organised to celebrate something.
      "Bob says he'd be happy with a civil wedding and a drink afterwards, but Maggie wants a proper do."

  • proud as a peacock
    • A person who is asproud as a peacock is extremely proud.
      "When his son won first prize, Bill was as proud as a peacock."

  • pull a fast one
    • To pull a fast one means to gain an advantage over someone by deceiving them.
      "The street vendor pulled a fast one on Tom. He sold him a big bunch of roses but wrapped a smaller bunch while Tom was taking out his wallet."

  • pull (someone's) leg
    • If you pull somebody's leg, you tease them by telling them something that is not true.
      "Of course I'm not going to buy a sports car. I was just pulling your leg!"

  • pull no punches
    • If someone pulls no punches, they speak openly and honestly, holding nothing back.
      "The doctor pulled no punches. He explained in detail the risks of the operation."

  • pull out all the stops
    • If you pull out all the stops, you do everything you can to make something successful.
      "We'll have to pull out all the stops to get the store ready for the opening day."

  • pull the other one (it's got bells on)
    • After hearing an unlikely story, this is a way of telling the speaker that you neither believe what they say nor whatever they may say next.
      "You have a date with George Clooney? Yeah - now pull the other one!"

  • pull strings
    • If someone pulls strings, they use influential friends in order to obtain an advantage.
      "David found a job easily - his father just pulled a few strings."

  • pull through
    • If you pull through, you recover from a serious illness.
      "Doris had to undergo heart surgery but she pulled through."

  • pull the rug (from under someone's feet)
    • If you pull the rug from under someone's feet, you suddenly and unexpectedly remove all help or support.
      "When Andy's mother stopped sending him money, she pulled the rug from under his feet and forced him to find a job."

  • pull your weight
    • To say that somebody pulls their weight means that they do their fair share of the work.
      "It's great working with Sandra. She always pulls her weight."

  • (like) pulling teeth
    • Something that islike pulling teeth is extremely difficult to obtain, especially if trying to extract information from someone.
      "Getting him to talk about his job was like pulling teeth!"

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