Pay The Piper

Used as an idiom since the mid to late-1800’s. Meaning of Pay the Piper Idiom To pay the piper means to accept and to bear the consequences for some action or circumstance (usually something you’ve done wrong or badly). Many sources, however, claim the meaning of this idiom is to pay the cost of an undertaking and … Read more

Pass the Hat Around

Also: Pass the Hat Meaning of Idiom ‘Pass the Hat Around’ To pass the hat around means to collect money by asking for donations from friends, coworkers, or colleagues.  1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage This may refer literally to passing around a hat … Read more

Pass The Buck

To pass the buck is a common idiomatic expression which has been in used since at least the early 1900’s. Meaning of Pass the Buck To pass the buck means to avoid responsibility or blame for something by passing it on to another person, or to let another person do something you were supposed to do. … Read more

Part Of the Furniture

Meaning of Idiom ‘Part of the Furniture’ The idiom part of the furniture refers to a person who has been in a place so long that he or she seems to be a permanent part of the scenery and are taken for granted, undervalued, or ignored. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary … Read more

Pardon My French

Also: Excuse my French. Used since the late 19th century or earlier. Meaning of Pardon My French Idiom Pardon my French is a (sometimes humorous) apology for bad language or swearing. Usually, when this idiom is used, we are only pretending to be sorry for cursing. Usage Pardon my French may still be heard in … Read more

Paint The Town Red

An idiom expression in use since the 1800’s. Meaning of Paint the Town Red To paint the town red means to go out and have a lively good time, to go on a drinking spree and visit many bars and nightclubs, to be boisterous and wild. Usage “I’m so happy you got your promotion! Let’s go out … Read more

A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned

Meaning of Idiom ‘A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned’ A penny saved is a penny earned is a way of saying that one should not waste money but should save it, even if little by little. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe … Read more