Definition of mind one's Ps & Qs in English:
Be careful to behave well and avoid giving offense.
[of unknown origin; said by some to refer to the care a young student must take in differentiating the tailed letters p and q]
- As such, the stealth stingers tell the bipeds to buzz off and mind their Ps & Qs before the bees make 'em R.I.P.
- As a little girl, I was told to ‘mind your p's and q's’ and ‘be a lady’ because I was quite the tomboy.
- He's normally a quiet, sensitive little thing (just like his mum) who minds his Ps and Qs and keeps himself to himself.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Malaysia