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Synonyms for p's and q's

socially correct behavior

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The one I favored, primarily for the sake of familiarity and comedy, is that ps and qs were bartender shorthand for pints and quarts.
Minding their Ps and Qs earned a children's charity a cash boost.
WOOD FINISHERS who are conscientiously minding their Ps and Qs regarding VOC regulations should be aware of a new breed of environmental mandates -- restrictions against the emissions of Hazardous Air Pollutants.
While it is incontestable that the school system bottomed out just as our generation was learning its Ps and Qs, it is not, as the authors claim, a simple question of progressive ideology destroying traditional (i.
She glams up and minds her Ps and Qs to make a fantastic impression on her new X Factor bosses, wins over an audience pining for Cheryl Cole - and then Dappy gets involved.
30pm slot has left some fans gnashing their teeth as Fry and company have to mind their Ps and Qs a little more in the pre-watershed timeslot.
I had asked: "Where does the phrase mind your Ps and Qs come from?
I admit that my table manners and Ps and Qs aren't up to scratch and that I burp in public.
Leading Midlands businesswomen were watching their Ps and Qs at a recent networking event held in the surroundings of historic Coombe Abbey near Coventry.
So, just tell him what you've told me that your mum is a bit of a dragon and you'll both have to mind your Ps and Qs, which includes not gobbling the food and keeping your mouths shut as much as possible.
When customers were unruly in British pubs, the bartender would once yell at them to care for their pints and quarts of beer, or ``mind your Ps and Qs.
She immediately reprimanded him and told him to mind his Ps and Qs.
Ps and Qs would mean to be exact in doing and ensure high quality.
We slipped up on our Ps and Qs last week and the shopping-comparison chart should have shown that 99pshopper.
Geordie men also know to watch their Ps and Qs as only 17% would criticise a woman's driving.