English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - M
|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 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
Tom made an ass of himself by singing a love song outside Laura's door!
|make a beeline for||If you make a beeline for
something, you hurry directly towards it.
They were so hot and thirsty 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 make the best of things.
|make blood boil||If something makes your blood boil,
it makes you really angry.
His condescending attitude made my blood boil!
|make 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
I made no bones about it. I told him 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.
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
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 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
Anne's salary is so low that she finds hard to make ends meet.
|make exhibition of||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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