Important Idioms, Phrases & Phrasal Verbs Starting With Letter ‘P’ & ‘Q’

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

Idioms, phrases and phrasal verbs are an important part of recent English section pattern in Bank Exams. In continuation of our series ‘Important Idioms, Phrases & Phrasal Verbs for bank exams’, we will walk you through important idioms, phrases and phrasal verbs which start with the letter ‘P’ and ‘Q’.

Understand properly the meaning of the idioms, phrases and phrasal verbs given here with the help of their Hindi meaning and usage and step up your upcoming Exams preparation!

Important Idioms, Phrases & Phrasal Verb with Letter ‘P’

1. Part and parcel

Meaning – An essential or fundamental part or aspect (of something).

Meaning (Hindi) –  अहम हिस्सा

Example –  Difficult times are part and parcel of being a professional.

2. Pass Muster

Meaning – be accepted as adequate or satisfactory.

Meaning (Hindi) –   पसंद होना, मंजूर होना 

Example –  This manifesto would not pass muster with the voters.

3.  Pass off

Meaning – Disappear/ (of proceedings) happen or be concluded in a specified, usually satisfactory way.

Meaning (Hindi) –   बीतना

Example – The ceremony passed off without a problem, with the baby sleeping through most of it.

4. Pay the piper

Meaning – Face the consequences for something you’ve done/To face, accept, or suffer repercussions for one’s actions or words, especially those that would be expected to incur punishment.

Meaning (Hindi) – कर्मो के परिणामों का सामना करना

Example – With the judge handing down the maximum possible sentence, this monster will be paying the piper for the rest of his life.

5. Pell-mell

Meaning – Here and there 

Meaning (Hindi) – तितर-बितर

Example – When the police fired one round in the air, people ran pell-mell.

6. Play someone along

Meaning – deceive or mislead someone over a period of time.

Meaning (Hindi) –   किसी को धोखा देना या गुमराह करना

Example –  I decided to play along with my friend and his crazy plan to buy a horse.

7. Point blank

Meaning – Clearly 

Meaning (Hindi) –  स्पष्ट रूप से

Example –  He refused point-blank to help care for my sick brother.

8. Put heads together

Meaning –  Consulted one another/To work together to come up with an idea or solution

Meaning (Hindi) –  परामर्श करना

Example –  The directors of our company put their heads together to formulate a new scheme.

9. Pull someone’s leg

Meaning –   Tease someone by trying to make her/him believe something that’s exaggerated or untrue 

Meaning (Hindi) – किसी की टांग खींचना

Example – Pulling other’s legs is not in my nature.

10. Pie in the sky

Meaning –  Something that is completely unrealistic or unlikely to be achieved.

Meaning (Hindi) –  पूरी तरह से अवास्तविक या हासिल करने की संभावना न होना 

Example –  The promise of low-cost housing for everyone turned out to be pie in the sky.

11. Pop across/over/down/out

Meaning –  Come or go quickly in the direction specified. 

Meaning (Hindi) – निर्दिष्ट दिशा में जल्दी आना/जाना 

Example –  She popped over to the shop to buy a sandwich.

12. Pull up

Meaning –  Stop.

Meaning (Hindi) –   अपने आप को रोकना

Example –  All vehicles must pull up at the traffic lights.

13. Pull through

Meaning – Overcome difficulties or illness. 

Meaning (Hindi) –  काबू पाना

Example – My grandmother caught pneumonia last winter but she pulled through.

14. Put through

Meaning –  to make someone do or experience something difficult or unpleasant

Meaning (Hindi) – किसी को कुछ कठिन या अप्रिय अनुभव कराना

Example – Children shouldn’t be put through the ordeal of giving evidence in court.

15. Put up with

Meaning –  tolerate; endure.

Meaning (Hindi) –   सहना

Example – I don’t know how you can put up with the noise of all that traffic.

16. Put upon someone

Meaning – Take advantage of 

Meaning (Hindi) – लाभ उठाना

Example – Martha was put upon by the bigger girls.  

17. Put forward

Meaning –  Propose or recommend something. 

Meaning (Hindi) – प्रस्ताव या सिफारिश रखना 

Example – The chairman put forward a proposal to move to bigger offices.

18. Put off

Meaning –  Postpone; delay; arrange a later date.

Meaning (Hindi) – टाल देना; देरी; बाद की तारीख की व्यवस्था करना 

Example –   The meeting has been put off until next week because of the strike.

19. Put on

Meaning – Turn on / switch on. Wear a garment or piece of clothing. 

Meaning (Hindi) –  चालू करना /कपड़े पहनना

Example -:   Please put on the light, it’s dark here.
You’d better put on your coat – it’s cold outside today.

20. Pyrrhic victory

Meaning – A victory where the loss is greater than the gain 

Meaning (Hindi) – नाशकारी विजय

Example: Getting independence was a Pyrrhic victory for Indian people.


Important Idioms, Phrases & Phrasal Verb with Letter ‘Q’

21. Quaking in one’s boots 

Meaning – When someone is extremely scared

Meaning (Hindi) – बेहद डर जाना 

Example – When Mike saw the crocodiles in the water, he started quaking in his boots.

22. Quick temper 

Meaning – One who gets angry very easily.

Meaning (Hindi) – जल्दी गुस्सा आना 

Example – The manager makes me nervous – he’s got such a quick temper.

23. Quick off the mark 

Meaning – someone who is quick to react to an event or take advantage of an opportunity.

Meaning (Hindi) – किसी घटना पर प्रतिक्रिया करने या अवसर का लाभ उठाने के लिए तत्पर

Example – You’ve got to be quick off the mark when stores announce special offers.

24. Qualified Praise

Meaning –   Restricted

Meaning (Hindi) –  योग्य प्रशंसा

Example – The film has received qualified praise.

25. Quite a few

Meaning – a fairly large number of people or things

Meaning (Hindi) – पर्याप्त

Example – The letter arrived quite a few days ago.


You can go through previous articles of the series by clicking the link given below –

Important Idioms, Phrases & Phrasal Verbs for Bank Exams

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