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List of human body parts idioms beginning with P and meanings

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There are 3 parts to each idioms the first part is what the idiom is, then an explanation of what it means and the last part is an example of how to use it in a sentence.

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Human body parts idioms beginning with P

a pain in the neck

- an annoying or bothersome person or event

Our customer is a pain in the neck and is always complaining about something.

pare (something) to the bone

- to cut down severely on something, to severely reduce something

We recently pared our household expenses to the bone.

a pat on the back

- praise, congratulations, encouragement

The man was given a pat on the back for his efforts to stop pollution in the river.

play one's cards close to one's chest

- to negotiate in a careful and private manner

I played my cards close to my chest when I went to talk to my supervisor about changing jobs.

press the flesh

- to shake hands with people in order to become more popular (often used for a politician)

The politician spent most of the weekend pressing the flesh in the shopping mall.

pull one's (own) weight

- to do one's share of something

The woman at the bank will not pull her own weight so nobody likes her.

put flesh on (something)

- to add details to something so that it becomes clearer and more detailed

I worked all weekend to try and put flesh on my ideas for a company proposal.

put hair on one's chest

- to be good for someone (something that you eat or drink)

I told my friend that vegetable juice will put hair on his chest.

put one's back into (something)

- to use great physical or mental energy to do something

We put our backs into trying to move the freezer out of the basement.

put one's shoulder to the wheel

- to get busy and do some work

We must put our shoulders to the wheel and get our work done early.

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