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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

Alphabetical List - P

(page 3 : pay dearly for →  penny drops)

pay dearly for If you pay dearly for something that you do or say, you suffer a lot as a result of it.
If you leave your job now, you may have to pay dearly for it.
pay dividends If something you do pays dividends, it brings advantages or rewards at a later date.
The time he spent learning English paid dividends when he started looking for a job.
pay over the odds If you pay over the odds, you pay too much or you pay more for something than it is really worth.
She's willing to pay over the odds for an original Kelly handbag to add to your collection.
go pear-shaped If a plan or project goes pear-shaped, it either goes wrong or it produces an undesirable result.
Jane organised a treasure hunt in the park for the kids but it all went pear-shaped because of the rain.
throw pearls to pigs/
cast pearls before swine
This expression means that it is wasteful to offer something valuable or useful to someone who does not understand or appreciate it.
She had a beautifully trained voice but the audience didn't listen - talk about throwing pearls to pigs!
like two peas in a pod To say that two people are like two peas in a pod means that they are very similar in appearance.
It wasn't difficult to identify the brothers - they were like two peas in a pod.
not only pebble on beach To say that someone is not the only pebble on the beach means that they are not the only person worth considering.
He thinks his refusal to join the team will cause problems, but there are other alternatives ...he's not the only pebble on the beach!
pedal to metal When you put the pedal to the metal, you accelerate or make something go faster.
If we put the pedal to the metal we could get this finished in time.
square peg in round hole To say that a person is a square peg in a round hole means that they are not suitable for the job they are doing or the situation they are in.
He was a bad choice for the job - a square peg in a round hole.
take down a peg If you take someone down a peg, you make that person realize that they are not as important as they think they are.
He was too proud. Somebody had to take him down a peg.
pen pusher A person who does work that requires little action, just office work, and who lacks operating experience, is called a pen pusher.
Those pen pushers have no idea what it's like on a building site.
pen mightier than sword This expression means that words and communication have  greater effect than war and fighting.
The treaty put an end to the hostilities - the pen is mightier than the sword.
penny drops When a person has difficulty understanding or realizing something, and then the penny drops, they finally understand.
The teasing continued for some time until the penny dropped and the boy realized it was a joke!
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