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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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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

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P's and q's is a noun.
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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.
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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.

definitionDefinition 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.

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ENGLISH WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE P'S AND Q'S

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

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WORDS RELATING TO «P'S AND Q'S»

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TRANSLATION OF P'S AND Q'S

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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.
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zh

Translator English - Chinese

P公司和q的
1,325 millions of speakers
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es

Translator English - Spanish

p de q y de
550 millions of speakers
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en

Translator English - English

p's and q's
510 millions of speakers
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hi

Translator English - Hindi

पी और क्यू
380 millions of speakers
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ar

Translator English - Arabic

و P و Q ل
280 millions of speakers
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ru

Translator English - Russian

р и д
278 millions of speakers
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pt

Translator English - Portuguese

p de q e de
270 millions of speakers
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fr

Translator English - French

p et Q
220 millions of speakers
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de

Translator English - German

p und q die
180 millions of speakers
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ja

Translator English - Japanese

Pさんとqの
130 millions of speakers
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ko

Translator English - Korean

페이지 의 와 q 의
85 millions of speakers
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vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

của p và q của
80 millions of speakers
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it

Translator English - Italian

p e di q di
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pl

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p i q jest w
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uk

Translator English - Ukrainian

р і д
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ro

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lui p și q lui
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el

Translator English - Greek

p και q του
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af

Translator English - Afrikaans

p´s en Q´s
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sv

Translator English - Swedish

p : s och q är
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no

Translator English - Norwegian

p og q er
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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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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.
autorBarry 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.
autorBarbara 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.
autorCharlotte 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.
autorHarvey 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 ...
autorHerbert 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  ...
autorEric 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 ...
autorBoye 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, ...
autorPhyllis 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 ...
autorHerbert 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.
autorE. U. Condon, Halis Odabasi, 1980
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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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