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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms P, page 6

Idioms P, page 6:  from:   'pigs might fly'   to:   'plan B'


  • pigs might fly
    • The expression pigs might fly expresses disbelief, or the idea that miracles might happen but are extremely unlikely.
      "My grandmother buying a computer? ... Yeah! ... and pigs might fly!"

  • bitter pill to swallow
    • A bitter pill to swallow is something very difficult or unpleasant to accept.
      "Losing his job after taking charge of the merger was a bitter pill to swallow."

  • from pillar to post
    • If a person, usually someone in difficulty, goes from pillar to post, they move constantly from place to place.
      "When the factory closed down, Benny moved from pillar to post in search of a new job."

  • at a pinch
    • To say that something could be done at a pinch means that it would be possible to do it if absolutely necessary.
      "The hall can seat 50 people comfortably, and a few more at a pinch."

  • pink elephants
    • This term refers to hallucinations or strange imaginary things seen by people as a result of heavy drinking or the use of narcotics.
      "No more drinks for me please, otherwise I'll be seeing pink elephants!"

  • in the pink of health
    • If you are in the pink of health, you are in excellent physical condition.
      "Sarah looks in the pink of health after her holiday."

  • tickled pink
    • If you are tickled pink, you are very pleased about something.
      "My dad was tickled pink when he was asked to announce the winner."

  • (have) pins and needles
    • To have is to have a tingling sensation in a part of the body, for example an arm or a leg, when it has been in the same position for a long time.
      "I lay curled up for so long that I had pins and needles in my legs."

  • (on) pins and needles
    • If you are on pins and needles, you are very anxious or nervous about what is going to happen.
      "Scott was on pins and needles while he waited for the result of the exam."

  • in the pipeline
    • If something is in the pipeline, it is currently in progress or being organised.
      "A new talk show is in the pipeline at the moment."

  • the pits
    • If something is referred to as the pits, it is considered to be absolutely the worst.
      "That magazine is the pits!"

  • a place in the sun
    • If you find a place in the sun, you reach a position which provides you with wealth and happiness, or whatever you have been hoping to obtain in life.
      "The author finally found a place in the sun with the triumph of her latest book."

  • plain sailing
    • An activity or task that is plain sailing is without difficulty or free from trouble.
      "Once the plans were accepted, it was plain sailing all the way."

  • plan B
    • Plan B is an alternative solution to be adopted if one's original plan does not succeed.
      "The idea is to get a caterer to provide the food. If that's too expensive, plan B is to organise a buffet with the help of friends."

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