Idioms – Letter P

–  Idioms – Letter P  –


  • A (Real) Blast From The Past – This is an Adjectival, Metaphorical, Idiomatic and Prepositional Phrasal-Noun which is used to describe something which was a part of, or represents a memory (fond or otherwise) from the past.  This phrase is used when the thing which is it describing has not been thought about for a very long time, has probably been forgotten, and the arrival of which came as a big surprise.

“Seeing my some of my old friends from Grateful Dead Tour was a real blast from the past.  I completely forgot about the week that we travelled together through the redwood forests of Northern California…  (but understandably-so).” 😉

(Just Notice that the word “Real” is often used with this phrase, but is not necessary.)

  • (to be) A Piece Of Cake – This is an Idiomatic and Metaphorical Adjectival Phrase which can also be used as an interjection to describe something as being very simple; easy; not difficult.  The phrase probably came not from cake being easy to make (I have no idea how to do it unless it comes out of a box, and I worked in a kitchen for most of my life) 😀 – but instead from the fact that most humans and many other animals on this planet would not EVER find it to be very difficult to actually EAT a piece of cake…

Therefore if something was so easy to do that it was almost enjoyable, then it was “A piece of cake”.

  • A Thing of The Past – This is an Idiomatic Phrasal Noun which is used to describe some “thing” [either a Concrete or Abstract Noun] which was common at some point in the past but no longer is.  This phrase is also used to imply that the “thing” referred to is no longer relevant due to being “a thing of the past”

“Not being able to use calculators in school is a thing of the past.  Now it is normal to do-so.”

“Despite what most modern so-called ‘feminists’ say, Female In-Equality and ‘The Patriarchy’ are a thing of the past.  But they don’t want equality, they want to establish ‘The Matriarchy’.”

  • (to) Go Public – This Idiomatic Phrasal-Verb is an Industry Term which is used to describe when a company becomes a publicly traded corporation where-in the stocks of the company are offered to the “Public” to purchase.

  • (to) Hit/Punch/Push All The Right Buttons – This is an Idiomatic Adjectival Verb Phrase.  Though “Hits”, “Punches” and “Pushes” are all verbs, this is not describing an action but rather is using an action to describe a thing.  In computers, and video games (or even when typing a sentence like this) it is necessary to “Hit”, “Punch” or “Push”… “the right buttons”, in the correct order in order to achieve the desired state…  Therefore, to say that something “hits”/”punches”/”pushes”… “all the right buttons” means that the thing one is describing is exactly what is needed for a particular situation.  –  (See Also:  (something) Ticks All The Boxes)

  • (to be) Off The Beaten Path – This Idiomatic Prepositional-Phrase can be either an Adverbial Phrase (to talk about how someone is doing something) or an Adjectival Phrase to describe some thing or process as being a bit different, or out of the ordinary.  This phrase comes from the days when we had more “paths” (or “trails”) than roads.  If the “path” is walked by many people, it will be “beaten” down.  If not it is probably not commonly used.  Therefore – Idiomatically – it is used to say that the place where one “is”, or the way that someone is doing something is not the common way…

“When we travel, we don’t like to be around a lot of other tourists.  We like to get off the beaten path and explore.  This is also how we run our company.  We try to be fresh and innovative and not do things just because that is how everyone else does it.  You could say that we like to get off the beaten path, whenever we do anything.”

“I called the meeting today because I just want to make sure that we are all on the same page about what is to be expected with the new project.”

  • (to) Pick Up The Slack – This is an Idiomatic Verb Phrase which means to do the work of another person strictly because that work is not being done, it is important, and the other person is being a “Slacker” or that he or she is at least “Slacking Off” in this situation.

“to do things in the proper order”

But, this phrase is less focused on the “foundational” elements of a process, and is used more to say something like:

“Do steps 1, 2, and 3, before moving on the step 4.”

This is indicated by the fact that one must “put the horse in front of the cart” before that one can expect to get the cart moving anywhere.    (See Also“Build The House From The Ground Up”)

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