P

paces, put through the
paddle, up the creek without a
pages and leaves
paint the town red
pajamas, the cat's see also Raining Pet Peeves
Palmer Chiropractic College
pan out
pan, flash in the
Pan, the Greek deity
panacea
panache
Panic...Pushing the Button see also SOS...Mayday...Nauseous
pap
Papal bulls (bills)
Paparazzi see also Gossip and Yellow Journalism
par
parasites (suckers)
parenthood, planning
pariahs
parlor
parlor snake
parts below (private parts)
Pasadena's Doo Dah Paradepaschal or pasquale (patsy)
pass muster
passed the bottle of smoke
passing the buck
passing the torch
passion, changes in meaning of
paternity suit
Pathetic Soap Operas
pathetic, changes in meaning of
patience, try one's
patient patients
patriotic
patronage
patronizing
patsy
pattern
pause, give
pay
pay through the nose see alsoThe Nose Knows and Right On!
Pay...Wages...Salaries seealso Greasing Palms with Subsidies
paying lip service
pay-off (bribe) see also Pay...Wages...Salaries
payola and kickback
pazzo (patsy)
peach (euphemisms for woman) seealso Call Me Madam, Woman, and Breadstuffs, Lords, Ladies, and Duffs
peccadilloes
pecking order
Peck's accomplishments
peculiar
pecuniary
pecunious
pedigree
peeled, keep your eyes
peeve
Pelvis, The (bump and grind?)pendant
pennant
pennies, pretty
pennon
Penny For Your Thoughts, A
Pentagonese (gobbledygook)
People Who Like People
people, hacking off see also Cooking Up a Story
peoples' ears, putting bugs insee also In One Ear, Fly on the Wall at the Flea Market, A,and The Walls have ears...Mum...Sub Rosa
Pepper, Claude (smear campaign)perhaps
peril
person of the other sex sharing living quarters (POSSLQ)
persons and personae
perspiration
perverse
pests
pet peeves
Pétain (turncoat)
petard, hoisted with a
Pete Rose (baseball) see alsoBaseball, Playing Hardball and Making Sacrifices, and Major and Bush Leagues
Pete's sake, for
Philadelphia lawyer see also Blue Laws and Feeling Blue, Laying Down the Law, and Sweet Talk and Lemons
philanderer
phlegmatic temper see also Temper, Temper and Testing One's Mettle
physical
physicians see also Doctrinaire Doctors
pickle, in a
Pie de Stynie
pie, eating humble
piece of cake
pierced (thrilled)
pig in a poke, buy a see also Pigging Out, What's Eating You?, Pork Barrels and Lining Pockets
pigeons, stool see also Birds of a Feather, A Little Birdie Told Me...Birdbrain,What's Eating You?, Teeing Off, Albatross around one's neck, Something to Crow About, Talking Turkey, Cold Turkey, and Feathers in Caps...Panache & Pennants
Pigging Out see also Pork Barrels and Lining Pockets, What's Eating You?, and A Hog on Ice
pigheaded
pigs tails and screws
pig's wings, the
pipe dream
Pitcher's accomplishments, seealso Virtuoso Performances
pithy
placebo
planets
Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger
plastic
plate, fashion
plaudit, meaning of
plausible, meaning of
play it cool
play things by number
playing cards close to chest
playing footsie
Playing Hardball and Making Sacrifices see also Baseballand Major and Bush Leagues
playing second fiddle
pleasingly plump
pluck with you, have a crow
plump, pleasingly
pockets, lining see also Blazers, Cardigans, Bluchers et alpoisonous liquor (toxic)
poke, buy a pig in a see also Pigging Out, What's Eating You?, Pork Barrels and Lining Pockets
poker face
Poker, Calling a Spade a Spadepoles, barber
polish, a matter of courtesy? politeness
political exploitation (hoodwink)
political wings
pomp
ponder
Pontius Pilate (washing hands)poor boy sandwich
poppycock!
Pork Barrels and Lining Pocketssee also Pigging Out and A Hog on Ice
portable cuffs and collars
portend, roots of
portly
Portunus, god of harbors (opportunity)
posh
possession
possession is nine points of the law see also Blue Laws and Feeling Blue, Laying Down the Law, Sweet Talk and Lemons,and Attorneys, Shysters et alpossible
POSSLQ
post
Post, Emily (polite and courteous)post-haste, postal origins of
postmen, history of
postponed, postal origins of
pot
pot, boiling the
potato (derogatory Irish term)potato, the couch
potatoes, french fried
potatoes, sack of (derogatory Irish term)
potboilers and hacks
potent
pound
Pour Favor
powder-room
power
precarious
Precepts of Discipline, The
precocious
prestidigitator
prestige
pretend, roots of
pretense (passed the bottle of smoke)
pretext
pretty
pretty kettle of fish see also Fishy Matters
pretty penny
previously
pride
primary relationship, enter intoPrimes and Primettes
Prince Charming
prisoner of love (enthralled)Private Eyes, Dicks, and GumshoesPrivate Parts
Professionals
profuse
progress
prohibited
project
projectile motion, the science of (ballistics)
promiscuity (shacking up)
propaganda and seminaries
protagonists and antagonists
protest
proud
Prozac and happiness
prude
prudent
pseudo-technical jargon (gobbledygook)
pudenda (private parts)
Pulitzer and gossip
pulling your chain
punch, Indian origins of
Punched Out
punctual
punctuated
pungent
punishment, capital
Pupil...Apple of One's eye...Precocious see also A as in Apple
purport
purposes, at cross
purse
purveyors of information (ballyhoo)
pushing buttons see also When Push Comes to Shove
put that in your pipe and smoke it
put the kibosh on
Put Through the Paces
put to test
putting a sock in it
putting bugs in peoples' earssee also In One Ear, Fly on the Wall at the Flea Market, A,and The Walls have ears...Mum...Sub Rosa
Putting On...The Lap Dog seealso A Dog's Life...Three Dog Night, A Doggone Fool, Lassie has Her Day, Letting Our Hair Down...Hair of the Dog, and Raining Pet Peeves