Put the Pedal to the Metal

To put the pedal to the metal has long been used in regards to driving a car, especially in action movies involving car chases. It means literally to press a car’s gas pedal all the way to the floor but figuratively, it means to drive very fast. If you are in a hurry you might … Read more

Proof is in the Pudding, the

Also: The proof of the pudding is in the eating Meaning of Idiom ‘The Proof is in the Pudding’ The proof is in the pudding means that the real results of something can only be judged by actual experience or results rather than theory or appearance. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford … Read more

Put in One’s Two Cents Worth

Also: Two cents Put in one’s two cents Add one’s two cents (worth) Give one’s two cents (worth) Put one’s oar in Stick one’s oar in Meaning of Idiom ‘Put in One’s Two Cents (Worth)’ To put in one’s two cents (worth) means to give one’s opinion even when it is not asked for. Two … Read more

Pony Up

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Pony Up’ To pony up means to pay what is owed or due; to settle one’s debt. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,3Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. Want to see more … Read more

Pot Calling the Kettle Black

Meaning of Idiom ‘Pot Calling the Kettle Black’ The pot calling the kettle black is a situation in which one person accuses another of a fault (or faults) that they themselves possess. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,3Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary … Read more

Put Someone Out To Pasture

Meaning of Idiom ‘Put Someone Out to Pasture’ To put someone out to pasture means to force them to stop working because they are considered too old to be effective; to cause someone to retire. Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Examples of Use “My grandfather refused to be … Read more

Play Russian Roulette

Meaning of Idiom ‘Play Russian Roulette’ To play Russian roulette means to take very large, unpredictable and dangerous risks, potentially fatal; performing any action which, if repeated several times, is likely to have disastrous consequences. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010., 2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.,3McCarthy, … Read more

Pick a Fight

Also: Pick fights Pick a quarrel Pick an argument Meaning of Idiom ‘Pick a Fight (with somebody)’ To pick a fight is to intentionally start an argument or quarrel with someone; to look for oppurtunities to quarrel or argue. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of … Read more

Pluck Up Courage

Also: Screw Up Courage Meaning of Idiom ‘Pluck Up (one’s) Courage’ To pluck up one’s courage means to force or will oneself to overcome fear or to be brave; to bolster one’s courage. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,3Spears, … Read more

Play It By Ear

Also: Play Something By Ear Meaning of Idiom ‘Play it By Ear’ 1. To play it by ear means to deal with a situation as it unfolds without a definite plan; to make changes or decisions and proceed gradually as a situation demands, without planning out one’s responses in advance; to improvise.  Want to … Read more