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Idioms List with Alphabet O, P, Q, R, and S

Idioms with O, P, Q, R, and S


Idioms / PhrasesMeaning
Odd and evenGame of chance
Odds and endsVarious article
Odds and endsMiscellaneous things
Off handWithout preparation
Off On The Wrong Foot:Getting a bad start on a relationship or task.
Off the cuffImparting information ,
Off The Hook:No longer have to deal with a tough situation.
Off the Record:Something said in confidence that the one speaking doesn't want attributed to him/her.
On and offAt intervals
on credit in one’s cupUnder the influence of liquor
On edgeNervous
On its last legAbout to perish/expire
On Pins And Needles:Anxious or nervous, especially in anticipation of something.
On tenterhooksAn anxious suspense
On the ballAlert ,competent
On the blinkNot in the working order
On the bumLiving the life of a tramp
On the cardsCertain
On The Fence:Undecided.
On the levelMentally compatible
On the nodOn credit
On The Same Page:When multiple people all agree on the same thing.
On the wanDeclining
On the waneGrowing less
On the waneGrowing less
On the waneGrowing less
On the wrong side of fiftyOver fifty years old
Once and for allFoe ever
Once in a whileOccasionally
One’s cup of teaWhat one likes and can do well
Out and outAbsolutely
Out and outThoroughly
Out of placeInappropriate
Out of pocketWithout money
Out of questionUnthinkable
Out Of The Blue:Something that suddenly and unexpectedly occurs.
Out of thin airAppear suddenly
Out on a limbIn a dangerous situation
Out On A Limb:When someone puts themself in a risky situation.
Out On The Town:To enjoy yourself by going out.
Over and aboveIn addition to
Over My Dead Body:When you absolutely will not allow something to happen.
Over the Top:Very excessive.
Paddle of own canoeDepended on himself
Paint the town redHave a lively time
Paint with bright colourExaggerated
Pare downReduce indictment
part withGive up, give away, desert
Pass offPretend to be
Pass The Buck:Avoid responsibility by giving it to someone else.
Passed byOverlooked
Pay by one’s nosePay dearly
Pedal to the metal:To go full speed, especially while driving a vehicle.
Peeping Tom:Someone who observes people in the nude or sexually active people, mainly for his own gratification.
Pell-mellIn hurried disorder
Pell-mellIn a disorderedly manner
Penn y wise and pound foolishshaving small sums at the risk of large ones
Pick up your ears:To listen very carefully.
Pie in the skyEvent likely to happen
Pig In A Poke:A deal that is made without first examining it.
Pig Out :To eat alot and eat it quickly.
Pin-moneyAllowance made to a lady for her expenses
Pipe Down:To shut-up or be quiet.
Plain as pike staffVery obvious
Play atTo do something without any effort or real interest
Play ducks and drakes withSquandering
Plough a lonely furrowDo without the help of others
Practice Makes Perfect:By constantly practicing, you will become better.
Pretty passIn a difficulty
Printer’s devilThe youngest apprentice in a printing office
Prodigal sonExtravagant
Pull a long faceLooks indifferent
Pull the plug:To stop something. To bring something to an end.
Pulling Your Leg:Tricking someone as a joke.
Push offGo leave
Put a sock in it:To tell noisy person or a group to be quiet.
Put acrossTo convey
Put awayDiscard
Put byLay aside for future use
Put downSuppress
Put forthExerted
Put inPresented
Put in forApply for
Put offPostponed
Put outExtinguish
Put outDisturbed
Put outIrritate
Put some one to mettleArouse some one to do his best
Put the foot downNot to yield
Put up atStayed in
Put up toIncited
Put up withTolerate
Put up withEndure
Put/Throw an spanner in the worksTo do something that prevents a plan or activity from succeeding
Pyrrhic victoryVictory at a high cost
Queer fishStrange person
Queer somebody’s pitchUpset one’s plan
Queer the pitch:Destroy or ruin a plan.
Quixotic projectFoolishly ideal
Raincheck:An offer or deal that is declined right now but willing to accept later.
Raining Cats and Dogs:A very loud and noisy rain storm.
Rainy daysUnlucky times
Raise somebody’s hackleTo make somebody angry
Rake upRevive
Ran riotActed without restrained
Rest on my laurelsBe complacent
Ride rough shod overTreat harshly
Ride the high horsePuts in airs
Ring Fencing:Seperated usual judgement to guarantee protection, especially project funds.
Rise and Shine:Time to get out of bed and get ready for work/school.
Rome Was Not Built In One Day:If you want something to be completely properly, then its going to take time.
Rough and readyNot exact , only approximate
Rule Of Thumb:A rough estimate.
Rule the roostTo dominate
Run downWeak and tired
Run in the same grooveAdvance in harmony
Run out of steam:To be completely out of energy.
Run the gauntletFace criticism
Running riotBehaving wild
Run-of- the millAn average, an average , ordinary unexciting
Saved By The Bell:Saved at the last possible moment.
Scapegoat:Someone else who takes the blame.
Scot-free:To escape and not have to pay.
Scream blue murderMake a great deal of noise and object vehemently
Seamy side of the lifeImmoral side of society
See through the designBe aware of the trick
Send forSummon , ask or order somebody / something to come
Send(one) about one’s businessTo send someone away , usually in an unfriendly way
Set aboutBegin
Set downRecorded
Set downTo snub
Set forthExplain
Set great storeValues greatly
Set inBegun
Set offDepart
Set onIncited
Set outStarted on
Set uponAttacked
Short and sweetBrisk , without delay
Shot in the armEncouraging
Showing wild oatsGoing through a period of irresponsible pleasure seeking
Sick As A Dog:To be very sick (with the flu or a cold).
Sing froidTo remain calm and composed in the difficult situation
Sitting on the fenceHesitate between two options
Sitting Shotgun:Riding in the front passenger seat of a car.
Sixth Sense:A paranormal sense that allows you to communicate with the dead.
Skid Row:The rundown area of a city where the homeless and drug users live.
Small talkLight conversation
Smell A Rat:To detect somone in the group is betraying the others.
Smell Something Fishy:Detecting that something isn't right and there might be a reason for it.
Snake in the Grass:A person who betrays.
Soft soapFlattery
Something up one’s sleeveA secret plan
Son of a Gun:A scamp.
Southpaw:Someone who is left-handed.
Sow wild oatsIrresponsible pleasure seeking
Spartan lifeLife of ascetic
Speak volumesServe as strong testimony to
Spick and spanNeat and clean
Spick and spanIn order
Spitting Image:The exact likeness or kind.
Square peg in a round holeUnusual individualist who could not fit into his/her society
Square upSettle
Stalking horseTrick , something that is used to hide someone’s real purpose
Stand againstWithstand
Stand forPresent as candidate
Stand upVindicate
Standing offChampioning the cause off
Start From Scratch:To do it all over again from the beginning.
Stave offPrevent
Steal someone’s thunderTo lessen someone’s force
Steer clear ofAvoid
Stem fromOriginate
Stick one’s neck outTo Take a risk
Stood upOppose
Straight from the shoulderWithout evasion
Street ArabsHomeless and parentless children
Strike upBegin to play
Struck dumbAstonished
Struck offErased
Struck workRefused to work
Sum and substanceSummary

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