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p's and q's

manners; behavior; conduct (usually preceded by mind or watch):
The children were told to mind their p's and q's.
1770-80; perhaps from some children's difficulty in distinguishing the two letters Unabridged
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p's and q's

plural noun
behaviour within social conventions; manners (esp in the phrase to mind one's p's and q's)
Word Origin
altered from p(lea)se and (than)k-you's
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mind one's p's and q's

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