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Phut

see Gone phut


Physog

Slang for the face, variously spelt as phyzog, fizzog, phizzog etc but the generally accepted or more correct spelling should be physog or even physio...

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Piccaninny/Pickanniny/Pickanin

Appears in various spellings and describes a child, invariably an African or Negro child and dates from the mid-17th century. It is an anglicisation o...

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Pick a bone with

see Bone to pick


Pick a fight/quarrel with someone

In the sense of to goad or aggressively start a fight or quarrel with someone dates from the mid-1400s.


Pick at one’s food

Eat fastidiously or without relish dates from the late 16th century.


Pick holes in

Derives from picking at holes in clothes and thereby worsening them


Pick off

In the sense of to shoot one by one, dates from the early 19th century.


Pick on

In the sense of to seek out or select someone for adverse attention, dates the 1300s.


Pick the bones out of that

An exhortation or challenge to someone to find fault with something that has just been put forward or promulgated. It dates from the late 19th century...

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Pick the low hanging fruit

see Low hanging fruit


Pick up

In the sense of to pick up a woman or man for sexual purposes, dates from the late 17th century.


Pick up speed

In the sense of accelerate or increase the speed, dates from the early 20th century.


Pick up the pace

In the sense of quickening one’s stride or speeding up a process dates from the late 19th/early 20th century.


Pickle

see In a pickle


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