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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms M, page 10

Idioms M, page 10:  from:   'as much use as a handbrake'   to:   'my way or the highway'


  • as much use as a handbrake on a canoe
    • This expression refers to something which is completely useless or serves no purpose.
      "With no electricity, a refrigerator would be as much use as a handbrake on a canoe!"

  • muddy the waters
    • If you muddy the waters, you make something less clear by giving confusing information.
      "I had difficulty understanding, and Alan's explanation just muddied the waters!"

  • mug's game
    • An unprofitable or ill-advised activity that only a fool (mug) would do is called a mug's game.
      "Spending hours making home-made cakes for a few customers is a mug's game."

  • mum's the word
    • To say 'mum's the word' means that the subject or plan is a secret and must not be revealed.
      "We're planning a surprise birthday party, so mum's the word - OK?"

  • murder something
    • If you say that you could murder something, such as food or drink, you mean that you want it very much.
      "I'm so hot and thirsty I could murder a cool drink!"

  • be murder
    • If something is murder, it is very difficult or uncomfortable.
      "The journey home through the storm was absolute murder!"

  • get away with murder
    • Someone who gets away with murder can do something unacceptable without being punished or reprimanded.
      "Some parents let their kids get away with murder."

  • Murphy's law
    • Referring to Murphy's law expresses a sentiment of bad luck and the idea that if anything can go wrong, it will.
      "We've tried to prepare for every possible incident, but remember Murphy's law ...!"

  • face the music
    • If you have to face the music, you have to accept the unpleasant consequences of your actions.
      "The boy was caught stealing. Now he has to face the music!"

  • music to your ears
    • If something is music to your ears, the information that you receive makes you feel very happy.
      "His compliments were music to my ears."

  • mutton dressed as lamb
    • This expression refers to a middle-aged woman who tries to look younger by dressing in clothes designed for younger people.
      "The style doesn't suit Betty - it has a mutton-dressed-as-lamb effect on her!"

  • my way or the highway
    • If you say to someone 'it's my way or the highway', you are telling them that either they accept to do as you say or they leave the project.
      "You don't have much choice when someone says: 'it's my way or the highway.'!"

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