"p’s and q’s" Definition

  1. particular points, precise behaviour; “mind your P’S and Q’S,” be very careful. Originating, according to some, from the similarity of P’S and Q’S in the hornbook alphabet, and therefore the warning of an old dame to her pupils, or, according to others, of a French dancing-master to his pupils, to mind their _pieds_ (feet) and _queues_ (wigs) when bowing.

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Position in the dictionary: 2740 of 4022 slang words.
Next words in the dictionary: quad., quaker, quality, quandary, quartereen, quaver, quean, queen bess, queen’s tobacco-pipe, queer
Previous words in the dictionary: pyjands, pygostole, pyah, puttun, putter up, put upon, put up, put the pot on, put that in your pipe and smoke it, put on

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