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Conversational Phrases/P

Conversational phrases beginning with P. Select a phrase for more details.

pardon me

You can use this to apologize for bumping into someone, interrupting someone, making a rude noise, or doing anything else that might upset someone.

please yourself INFORMAL

You can say this if you're annoyed with someone and you're pretending not to care what they do.

pleased to meet you British English

This is a polite thing to say when meeting someone for the first time.

pretty well | pretty much INFORMAL

You can say this instead of saying "almost" or "nearly".

pull yourself together INFORMAL

You can say this if someone needs to calm down and control their emotions.

put a sock in it! British and Australian English INFORMAL

This is a very impolite way of telling somebody to be quiet.

put up or shut up! British and Australian English INFORMAL

You can use this to tell someone to either do something about a situation, or stop talking about it.

Contributor: Matt Errey