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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List - M

(Idioms M, page 2 :  make flesh crawl  →  make nothing of)

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 good results.
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 end.
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 them.
A good lawyer would make mincemeat of your rival's accusations.
make a mint If someone makes a mint, they make a large amount of money.
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 person.
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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