Phrasal-Adjectives – Letter P (With Prepositions)

–  Prepositional Adjectival Phrases – Letter P  –


  • A (Real) Blast From The Past – This is an Adjectival, MetaphoricalIdiomatic 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.)

  • In-Person – This is an idiomatic phrasal adjective to describe a meeting of some sort and means that the meeting was not done over the phone, internet, or some other method but the the people involved were physically in the same place together…  “I had spoken to him on the phone a couple of times, but when I finally got to meet him *in-person*, I quickly realized that he was a complete idiot.”  –  (See Also:  “Face-to-Face”)

  • (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.”

  • (to be) On The Periphery – This is an adjective phrase used to describe (literally) the things which are within view, but are not being focused upon, and (figuratively) the things that need to be done, but are not so important at the moment…  “There are a lot of things that need to be done with setting up the database, but with the current project’s deadline being moved up, those things are *on the periphery*.  We will deal with them after we finish the current project.

  • (to be) On The Same Page – This Idiomatic Prepositional-Phrase is also an Adjectival Verb Phrase which is used to mean that two or more people “Comprehend Each Other” and/or “Agree” (but not necessarily both)

“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 be) Cool Under Pressure – This is an idiomatic adjectival phrase which is used to describe the state wherein one is able to remain calm and focused in a stressful situation.  We often refer to tense and stressful situations (which cause emotional, mental or physical “pressure”) as being “hot”, so if a person does not seem to be, or does not let one’s self become adversely affected by the conditions of that situation, then he/ she is *cool under* (the) *pressure* (of that situation.)

  • (to be) Put Off (something) – This is an idiomatic adjectival phrase which describes when someone is made to not like or become very uncomfortable with something which he or she were previously in favor of or at least felt neutral about…  “We arrived in the small village early in the week, and everything seemed perfect, but when the weekend came, the place was filled with tourists and we were *put off* the idea of buying a home there.”  –  (Notice also that this phrase is followed by a noun or noun phrase)

  • (to be) Put Off By (someone/something) – This phrase is nearly identical to the above meaning however it is usually used to describe when someone has the feeling because the actions of another or because of some situation…  “Our neighbors, at first, seemed like very nice people.  In fact, the wife and her child are still very friendly, by I was completely *put off by* her husband who always pretends like he doesn’t see us when we pass each other on the street.”  –  (Notice also that this phrase is followed by a person, and usually some behavior or action of that person.)


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