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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms - M

(Idioms M, page 1 :  mad as a hatter  → make an exhibition of)

  • mad as a hatter
    • To say that someone is as mad as a hatter means that they are very strange or insane.
      "The old lady next door is as mad as a hatter. She says the strangest things!"

  • made of money
    • A person who is made of money is very rich and can buy whatever they want.
      "Hey! I can't afford to spend that much. I'm not made of money!"

  • make an ass of yourself
    • If you behave so stupidly that you appear ridiculous, you make an ass of yourself.
      "Tom made an ass of himself by singing a love song outside Laura's door!"

  • make a beeline for something
    • If you make a beeline for something, you hurry directly towards it.
      "They were so hot and thirsty after the game that they made a beeline for the cool drinks."

  • make a big thing of
    • If you attach a lot of importance to something, or make it a special occasion, you make a big thing of it.
      "It's Jack's birthday but he doesn't want to make a big thing of it, so please don't mention it."

  • make the best of things
    • If you make the best of things, you react in a positive way to an unsatisfactory situation that you cannot change and do the best you can with it.
      "The apartment was badly located, but the rent was low, so they decided to stay there and make the best of things."

  • make one's blood boil
    • If something makes your blood boil, it makes you really angry.
      "His condescending attitude made my blood boil!

  • make one's blood run cold
    • If something makes your blood run cold, it shocks or scares you a lot.
      "The look in the prisoner's eye made my blood run cold!"

  • make no bones about something
    • If you make no bones about something, you don't hesitate to say something in a frank and open way.
      "I made no bones about it. I told Tom his offer was unacceptable."

  • make or break
    • Circumstances or events that will make or break someone or something will cause either total success or total ruin.
      "We'll see what happens. The assignment will make or break his career."

  • make cold calls
    • If you make cold calls, you telephone potential customers from a list of people you do now know.
      "In my first job I had to make cold calls using the telephone directory."

  • make a comeback
    • When someone makes a comeback, they succeed in returning to their former successful career.
      "After devoting several years to her children, she made a comeback on Broadway."

  • make the cut
    • If you make the cut, you reach a required standard or succeed in passing from one round of a competition to another.
      "After intensive training, Sarah made the cut and joined the team."

  • make your ears burn
    • If something makes your ears burn, you are embarrassed by what you hear, especially if the conversation is about you.
      "The comments I overheard in the hall made my ears burn."

  • make ends meet
    • If you find it difficult to pay for your everyday needs because you have very little money, it is hard for you to make ends meet.
      "Anne's salary is so low that she finds hard to make ends meet."

  • make an exhibition of yourself
    • When someone behaves in such a foolish way in public that they look ridiculous, they make an exhibition of themselves.
      "Get down off the table Fred! You're making an exhibition of yourself!"

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