English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - M
|make flesh/skin crawl||Something that makes your flesh
(or skin) crawl fills you
with disgust or makes you feel very nervous.
Just talking about snakes makes my flesh crawl!
|make a go of||When you make a go of something,
you succeed in your enterprise or produce
He opened a restaurant and worked hard to make a go of it.
|make hair stand on end||If you are absolutely terrified of
something, it makes your hair stand on
Just the thought of getting on a plane makes my hair stand on end.
|make hackles rise||If someone or something makes your
hackles rise, they make you angry.
Her constant criticism really makes my hackles rise!
|make hay while the sun shines||This expression is
used as an encouragement to take advantage
of a good situation which may not last.
Successful athletes are advised to make hay while the sun shines.
|make headway||If you make
headway, you make progress in what you
are trying to achieve.
Investigators have made little headway in their search for the causes of the catastrophe.
|make inroads||If someone or
something makes inroads, for
example in a new field or area, they advance
successfully or make progress.
Foreign cars have made inroads into the European market.
|make a killing||If you say that
someone has made a killing you mean
that they have had great financial success.
He made a killing on the stock market.
|make light of||If you make
light of something, you behave as
though it is less serious than it really is.
He won several awards for his work but he made light of it when the subject was mentioned.
|make light work of||If a person
makes light work of something, they do
it very easily or with little effort.
The boys made light work of the cleaning up. The house was spotless in no time.
|make mincemeat of||If you make
mincemeat of someone or something, you
completely and utterly defeat or destroy
A good lawyer would make mincemeat of your rival's accusations.
|make a mint||If someone
makes a mint, they make a large amount
They made a mint selling hamburgers outside the football stadium.
|make a monkey out of||If you humiliate
someone by making them appear ridiculous or
foolish, you make a monkey (out) of
That's enough teasing. Don't make a monkey out of him.
|make a mountain out of a molehill||If someone
makes a mountain out of a molehill,
they make a small, unimportant problem seem
much more serious than it is.
Stop making mountains out of molehills! It's not a major problem.
|make mouth water||Food can make
your mouth water when it looks and
smells extremely good.
That delicious smell from the kitchen is making my mouth water.
|make no bones about||If you make no
bones about something, you don't
hesitate to say what you think in a frank
and open way.
I made no bones about it. I told him his offer was unacceptable.
|make nothing of||If you make
nothing of something, you attach no
importance to it.
I took him an hour to walk to the station but he made nothing of it.
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