watch one's p's and q's

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of watch one's p's and q's

US
: to be careful about behaving in a polite or proper way
  • We knew to watch our p's and q's around our aunt.

Word by Word Definitions

watch play
  1. : to keep vigil as a devotional exercise

  2. : to be awake during the night

  3. : to be attentive or vigilant

  1. : the act of keeping awake to guard, protect, or attend

  2. : the state of being wakeful

  3. : a wake over a dead body

  1. : the 16th letter of the English alphabet

  2. : a graphic representation of this letter

  3. : a speech counterpart of orthographic p

  1. phosphorus

  1. : the 17th letter of the English alphabet

  2. : a graphic representation of this letter

  3. : a speech counterpart of orthographic q


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