Phrasal-Nouns – Letter P (With Prepositions)

–  Prepositional Phrasal-Nouns – 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.)

  • Partners In Crime – This is an informal noun phrase which can be both literal (people working together to commit crime) or figurative (two people – usually best friends – who spend a lot of time together and like to have lots of fun.)…  “Bonnie and Clyde were very famous American *partners in crime*.”  –  “My friend Jason was my *partner in crime* back in high-school.  We did everything together, and the crazier it was, the more we wanted to do it.”

  • (a) Square Peg In A Round Hole – This is an idiomatic noun phrase which comes from a children’s game which consisted of many different shaped blocks or “pegs” and a board which has holes cut specifically for those shapes.  The game was constructed so that none of the other shapes would fit into any of the wholes except for the one for which it was cut…  To describe a person as *a square peg in a round hole* is to say that the person just doesn’t “fit” in the role (job, relationship, social group, etc.) that he or she is in.  They are very much out of place.”

  • (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’.”


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