pop the question
- propose marriage to someone
- to ask your romantic partner to marry you
- ask someone to marry you
- I heard you had a special date with Tom yesterday; so did he pop the question, then?
- Maggie was deeply in love with Stuart, so when he popped the question, she said yes without any further thought.
- Jim and Clara had been dating for about two years when he popped the question to her.
- He is taking you to the most lavish restaurant in town. Do you think he is going to pop the question?
- He popped the question to her in the middle of the sea, when they had gone on a cruise together.
- After months of deliberation, he finally mustered the courage to pop the question to her when they went for a movie together.
- The setting was perfect, and she waited expectantly for him to pop the question then, but when he didn’t, she was really disappointed.
- He had given her enough hints for the past few days, so when he finally popped the question, she was ready with her answer.
This phrase has been used since 1725, but with other meanings related to asking about something important. The specific sense of proposing marriage has been used since 1826.
- a mild infatuation, or a crush
- a shallow but intense romantic attachment, usually associated with adolescents
- temporary infatuation of a teenager
- romantic love felt by a young person which disappears as they grow older
- adolescent love that is not expected to last
- Most teenagers are quick to fall in love and expect it to last a lifetime, but of course it is puppy love and they soon fall out of it.
- My friend had his first love affair when he was just twelve. It was just puppy love, but at that time, he felt on top of the world.
- When Beth fell in love with Joe at a young age, she was sure that she would marry him, but now she realizes that it was just puppy love and has moved on.
- I think Pam and Sid are the cutest young couple in town. Although it might be just puppy love, they look wonderful together.
- They do make a nice couple, but do you think they would really last together or is it just puppy love?
- Jane is crazy about him, but I think it is just puppy love and don’t expect it to last.
The phrase has been since the early 1800s. It refers to the love that a young dog expresses for its owner.
- A small amount.
- In the olden times it was used to describe the money given to women to buy clothing for herself.
- A small sum paid for a small service.
- Something that is earned by a child.
- An earning of someone low-paid.
- Money that is small change used for incidentals.
- The maid service in this area are no longer available at pin money. You have to shell out big bucks in order to get household help.
- I used to odd jobs when I was in high school to earn pin money.
- My niece will babysit for you for pin money.
- You can’t buy such a thing with pin money.
- It’s always good to have pin money set aside when running a business.
- The earning from this job is pin money but at least you get a good looking resume when you’ve survived here for a year.
As mentioned above, it began as the money which was paid as allowance to women so that they could make small purchases for themselves. It is no longer used in that sense. In 1542, it was used, albeit in a different form, in the work titled ‘The Testamenta Eboracensia – A Selection of Wills from the Registry at York’. The exact use of this phrase was in the work named ‘English Republic’ by J. Keble.
paddle your own canoe
- To be able to act without having to depend on anyone.
- Decide your own fortune.
- Go in your own direction.
- He feels he can paddle his own canoe now so wants to move out of his parent’s house.
- Children need their parents around, they can’t just paddle their own canoe.
- She is a strong woman and can paddle her own canoe without having a man in her life.
- He prefers doing small and odd jobs to be able to paddle his own canoe rather than depending upon help that may never come.
- When you are out of school and have completed college education then it is time for you to paddle your own canoe.
- I have seen the world on my own, I like paddling my own canoe.
The phrase has been in existence since the early 19th century. In 1807 it was used in the work named, ‘The Selangor Journal: Jottings Past and Present’. In 1939 the phrase was used by Lord Baden-Powell as the tittle of his book and meant it in the way that it is being used today.
The phrase has been used by anonymous writers in poetries since 1851.
- join in and help with something
- join forces with others
- contribute something towards a common endeavour
- do something helpful as part of a group
- On Jane’s birthday her friends decided to pitch in and have a surprise party for her.
- As his medical expenses kept soaring, his entire family pitched in so that he could carry on his treatment.
- Last weekend we all pitched in and started mowing the field.
- During our camping trip, everyone pitched in and set up the tent.
- We are having a farewell party for him tonight, would you like to pitch in?
- It was a difficult task, but when everyone pitched in, it was finished quite fast.
- Why don’t you pitch in and help us with the arrangements?
- Let’s pitch in with the team and go for a hike together.
The origin of this phrase is not known.
pull someone’s leg
or leg pulling
- tease someone
- joking around
- deceive in a playful, harmless way
- fool or trick someone in a humorous way
- Don’t worry about what he said. He’s just pulling your leg.
- You can’t be serious about that! Stop pulling my leg.
- Did he mean it when he said he’s leaving you or was he just pulling your leg?
- As a big brother, he was always pulling his sister’s leg, but he was there for her when needed.
- I think he was just pulling your leg when he said you’ve failed in the exam.
- I was just pulling your leg when I said that the company is going to shut down.
The phrase first appeared in the late 1800s in America. The origin is not clear, though there are two popular theories, but both implausible. The first theory says that thieves used to pull the legs of their victims to put them off guard, so that they could rob them. The second one refers to hangings that were held in Tyburn, England. It is said that people were hired to hang on the victim’s leg to give them a quick execution.
when pigs fly
or pigs might fly or flying pig
- something that will never happen
- highly unlikely to happen
- Her crazy mother said that being so lazy, Megan is going to be rich one day for sure and without any hard working job. Come on, when pigs fly!
- I asked my boss if I could go on a two month vacation, he said yes, when pigs fly!
- I think he’ll pay you back your money – when pigs fly.
- “I think I’ll start working on my project from tomorrow.” “Yes, and pigs might fly.”
- “Do you think our team will win the competition?” “Yes, flying pig.”
- John asked Sarah whether she would go to the movies with him, Sarah replied that would happen when pigs fly.
- He plans to clean his house every week, but he will probably do it only when pigs fly.
- “Someday, I’ll become a successful actor.” “And pigs might fly.”
- I’ll join your physics classes when pigs fly.
The phrase “pigs might fly” or “pigs may fly” has been used in various forms since the 1600s, when it was said that “pigs fly with their tails forward”, used as a sarcastic remark something overly optimistic. The form “when pigs fly” is more common in America.
pull yourself together
- to calm down and behave normally after an upsetting event
- to compose yourself after being angry or upset
- to regain self control
- to maintain your composure
- I know its difficult to get over your loss, but try to pull yourself together and get on with life.
- He had a major accident and had a hard time pulling himself together after that.
- Though you’ve had a hard day, it would be better for everyone if you could pull yourself together and get on with your work.
- I’m going through a major personal crisis, but I’ll have to pull myself together and do what is to be done.
- Inspite of all his misfortunes, he has pulled himself together and done well for himself.
- Though he suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of a lesser player, he pulled himself together and focussed on the next match.
- Though I did not succeed in my last business, I’ve pulled myself together and will try again.
- He was unable to pull himself together after he lost his entire family in the plane crash.
The origin of this phrase is not clear.
pull a rabbit out of the hat
- do something unexpected or surprising
- do something unorthodox but very effective to solve a problem
- surprise others by suddenly doing something requiring a lot of skill
- The team was losing till almost the end, but suddenly, it pulled a rabbit out of its hat and won the contest in the dying minutes.
- Its difficult for the company to survive, unless the management pulls a rabbit out of its hat.
- Can your favorite team pull a rabbit out of the hat and win the tournament this time?
- The deal was about to be cancelled, but at the last moment, the sales team pulled a rabbit out of the hat and convinced the client to seal the deal.
- The government pulled a rabbit out of the hat and passed the bill despite strong opposition from other parties.
- Unless we can pull a rabbit out of the hat, our new venture will not really take off.
- The story was getting complicated, but in the end the author pulled a rabbit out of the hat and it all fell into place and made sense.
This phrase originated from the magic trick whereby a magician pulls out a rabbit out of an empty hat.
part brass rags
- quarrel and break off friendship with someone
- to part with a friend by breaking friendship
- Both of them parted off rags with each other after a misunderstanding between them due to the other person.
- He parted brass rags with his business partner and started his own firm.
- You must not part brass rags with due to a mere misunderstanding. Talk to him and know the whole truth.
- “If I were to part brass rags with you I would die” he gave a sarcastic smile reading the years old letter from her.
This expression has its explanations in The Tadpole of a Archangel a short story by W. P Drury written in the year 1898. According to the story When sailors want to prove the brotherly love to inspire one another, it is a ritual to keep their brass work cleaning cloth in a joint ragbag. But if their relations become unhealthy, the bag owner would throw away his brother’s rags on the deck. As the brass rags separated bitterness creeped. The phrase has it origins from the 19th century.