|the one that got away
||the fish that got away, the friend you lost
||Have I told you about the one that got away? Her name was Lana.
|the past is slipping by without a trace
||in order to have a significant past we need to create a significant present;
the present is the past and vice versa
||If you are dissatisfied with your life, it is because you are a spectator,
not a player, and the past is slipping by without a trace!
|the Peter Principle
||people are promoted to a job they cannot do well
||Our store manager is an example of the Peter Principle. He's hopeless!
|the pick of the litter
||the best pup/kitten/cub of the litter, (compare) the runt of the litter
||In the Bentley family, Max was the pick of the litter. At least he was the best hockey player.
|the picture of health
||looking very healthy, fit as a fiddle
||Rick looks very well these days. He's the picture of health.
||a contraceptive pill, a contraceptive drug
||Bev has religious reasons for not taking the pill.
|the pit of my stomach
||bottom of my stomach, deep in my belly
||From the pit of my stomach came a growling sound. I was hungry.
||poor quality, not good value
||The music was the pits. The violins played badly.
|the point of no return
||a time when it is too late to stop or turn back, change horses in...
||Our offer to purchase the business has been accepted. We've reached the point of no return.
|the pope's nose
||the tail of a roasted chicken
||The pope's nose is too greasy. I prefer a piece of breast meat.