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Meaning of "p's and q's" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD P'S AND Q'S

Altered from p( lea) se and ( than) k-you's.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF P'S AND Q'S

p's and q's play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF P'S AND Q'S

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
P's and q's is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES P'S AND Q'S MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Mind your Ps and Qs

Mind your Ps and Qs is an English expression meaning "mind your manners", "mind your language", "be on your best behaviour" or similar.

Definition of p's and q's in the English dictionary

The definition of p's and q's in the dictionary is behaviour within social conventions; manners.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE P'S AND Q'S

p & p
P vitamins
P-D ratio
p-i-n
p-n junction
p-type
p.
p.a.
p.m.
o-yang
P/C
P/E ratio
P/N
p&h
P2P
P45
pa
PA system
Pa.
pa´anga

WORDS THAT END LIKE P'S AND Q'S

Alzheimer´s
baker´s
chemist´s
he´s
it´s
Jane´s
j´s
let´s
Levi´s
Lord´s
mind one´s p´s and q´s
New Year´s
one´s
Parkinson´s
she´s
that´s
there´s
T´s
who´s
Z´s

Synonyms and antonyms of p's and q's in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «p's and q's» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF P'S AND Q'S

Find out the translation of p's and q's to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of p's and q's from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «p's and q's» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

P公司和q的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

p de q y de
570 millions of speakers

English

p´s and q´s
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

पी और क्यू
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

و P و Q ل
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

р и д
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

p de q e de
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

পি এবং এর q এর
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

p et Q
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

P dan q
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

p und q die
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

Pさんとqの
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

페이지 의 와 q 의
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

P lan q´s
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

của p và q của
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

P இன் மற்றும் q இன்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

पी आणि q चे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

P´ler ve q´lar
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

p e di q di
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

p i q jest w
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

р і д
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

lui p și q lui
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

p και q του
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

p´s en Q´s
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

p : s och q är
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

p og q er
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of p's and q's

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «P'S AND Q'S»

The term «p's and q's» is regularly used and occupies the 104.013 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «P'S AND Q'S» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about p's and q's

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «P'S AND Q'S»

Discover the use of p's and q's in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to p's and q's and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Never Mind Your P's and Q's: Here's the Punk Alphabet
From the authors who brought you M IS FOR METAL, comes the next installment.
Barry Divola, 2008
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Please Pass the P's and Q's: The Barbara Hazen Book of Manners
An introduction to etiquette for boys and girls. Includes how to answer invitations, correct behavior for parties and other occasions, and table manners. Cartoon illustrations.
Barbara Shook Hazen, 1967
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P's and Q'S, Or, the Question of Putting Upon: And, Little ...
This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923.
Charlotte Mary Yonge, 2012
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Math Tools, Grades 3-12: 64 Ways to Differentiate ...
P's and Q's is one tool for building students' powers as problem solvers. It gets students to stop, think, and make sure they understand mathematics problems and how to formulate a “plan of attack” before they try to generate solutions.
Harvey F. Silver, John R. Brunsting, Terry Walsh, 2007
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Discrete Thoughts Collected Poems
If you are punctilious and quick-witted better watch your P's and Q's. If you shamelessly shout, “PU” and really like your “IQ” it's best to mind your please and thank you's. If you are pampered and quick-tempered carefully choose your P's and ...
Herbert Siegel, 2014
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A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English
p's and q's (or P's and Q's). In learn (one's) p's and q's, to learn one's letters: coll.; 1820 (Combe). Ob. Prob. ex children's difficulty in distinguishing p and q, both having tails. OED. Cf.:—2. In mind (one's) p's and q's, to be careful, exact, prudent  ...
Eric Partridge, 2006
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Cheater's Guide to Speaking English Like a Native
Minding your p's and q's In old England ale was served at local taverns in a " tankard" and drinkers were charged by the angle of their elbows: half-way up and you were charged for a pint. If your elbow went all the way up it meant you drank a ...
Boye Lafayette De Mente, 2007
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Heal Yourself: Drug-Free Healing By the Power of New Science ...
I often heard this expression from my parents when Iwas a teenager as I was heading out to visit friends or to just hang out: Mind your p's and q's. I knew what it meant for me, and although I had no idea of the origin of the p's and q's, ...
Phyllis Reardon, M Ed, 2014
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Life Through My Glasses: Collected Poems, 1950-2011
If you are punctilious and quick-witted better watch your P's and Q's. If you shamelessly shout, “PU” and really like your “IQ” it's best to mind your please and thank you's. If you are pampered and quick-tempered carefully choose your P's and ...
Herbert Siegel, 2012
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Atomic Structure
The Hamiltonian canonical equations of motion are dqr dpr A transformation from the p^s_and q's to new variables P's and Q's will lead to a new Hamiltonian H(P, Q) obtained by expressing the p's and q's in H(p, q) in terms of the P's and Q's.
E. U. Condon, Halis Odabasi, 1980

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «P'S AND Q'S»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term p's and q's is used in the context of the following news items.
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50 Cent, O2 Arena, London — review
... end he had jetted first-class into London and performed a show at the O2 Arena with songs called “I Get Money” and “Payback (P's and Q's)”. «Financial Times, Jul 15»
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Mick Jenkins details Wave[s] EP, shares new single “Get Up Get …
First came the hard-hitting “Alchemy”, and then came his alphabetically-minded “P's and Q's”. Now, he's returned with a new single to coincide ... «Consequence of Sound, Jul 15»
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If you want to play for Bret Bielema, mind your Twitter p's and q's
More and more, coaches across the country are using social media in general and Twitter specifically as a recruiting tool, using those types of ... «NBCSports.com, Jul 15»
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Velaphi to wear microphone against City
But on Saturday he will have to mind his "p's and q's" as the country will be listening. The 28-year-old shot-stopper will be hooked up to a live ... «ninemsn, Jul 15»
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You can count on Cam; Tennessee DB Sutton poised for another big …
“I know I have to stay on my P's and Q's each and every day, and come with it each and every day because they feed off of me. So my biggest ... «Columbia Daily Herald, Jul 15»
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Mind Your P's and Q's!
If I had known in fourth grade that I come from a long line of mispronouncers and wrong word users, I could have at least explained to my ... «StyleBlueprint, Jul 15»
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Sunday Interview with Bob Jeswald: "It's a privileged job - you're in …
It is a cut-throat business, and in bigger markets, especially. Columbus, if you mind your P's and Q's, I think you could stay as long as you want. «Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Jul 15»
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When Grime & Classical Collide – Check Out 1Xtra's Grime Orchestra!
Jammz & Mic Ty spat over the legendary 'Eskimo' beat, Janset & Jevon took on 'P's and Q's', Mez & AJ Tracey 'Mic Check', Merky Ace 'Woo ... «Hit The Floor Magazine, Jul 15»
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10 (More) Grammar Mistakes That Make Smart People Look Stupid
The only exception to this rule that I know of is when you want to make a single letter plural, as in “She was minding her p's and q's and got ... «Pulse, Jul 15»
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Travelin' Man: Tavien Feaster on a quest to be the best
I know you have to mind your p's and q's at all times or something could happen.” Feaster said he also knows he has the support of Clemson ... «TigerNet, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. P's and q's [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/ps-and-qs>. Jun 2019 ».
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