American Idioms and Expressions

Mind Your Ps And Qs Idiom

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Mind your Ps and Qs
What does Mind your Ps and Qs mean?
Behave properly.Since his drunk driving arrest, he has been minding his Ps and Qs.
Comes from the early pub days when beer and ale was served in pint and quart containers. The tab was kept on a chalkboard used to count the pints and quarts consumed. To watch your Ps and Qs is to control your alcoholic intake and behavior.

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