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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List - M

(page 3 : (can't) make an omelette  → find your match)

(can't) make an omelette without ... This expression means that it is impossible to make important changes without causing some unpleasant effects.
Some people will lose their jobs after the merger but you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.
make a pig of If you make a pig of yourself, you eat and drink too much.
Watch what you eat - don't make a pig of yourself!
make a pig's ear of If you make a  pig's ear of something, you do a task or a chore very badly or make a complete mess of it.
Gary offered to paint the kitchen but he made a pig's ear of it.
make a point of If you make a point of doing something, you make an effort to do what you think is the right thing to do.
The singer made a point of thanking the musicians and the technicians.
make right noises If you make the right noises, you behave as if you support or agree with something by making suitable or conventional remarks.
Sam seemed to approve of the idea; he certainly made all the right noises.
make sense of If you make sense of something, you understand it or find the meaning.
I couldn't make sense of the instructions.
make short work of If you make short work of something, you do it or finish it quickly.
The players were hungry after the match so they made short work of the food.
make it snappy If someone tells you to make it snappy, they are asking you very sharply to hurry up  or be quick about something.
Fetch me a bandage and make it snappy!
make someone see reason If you make someone see reason, you persuade them to stop acting foolishly and behave more sensibly.
He wanted to drop out of medical school in his fourth year but his uncle managed to make him see reason.
make a song and dance If someone complains in an annoying way or becomes unnecessarily excited about something unimportant, they make a song and dance about it.
OK, you don't like carrots.  Don't make a song and dance about it!
make up for lost time If you make up for lost time, you increase your efforts or work harder to complete something or meet a deadline.
Progress has stopped because of bad weather, but we are determined to make up for lost time.
make your way to If you make your way to a destination, you manage to get there without difficulty.
Don't worry. I'll make my way to your home from the station.
make yourself scarce If you make yourself scarce, you leave a place in order to avoid an embarrassing situation.
When Mark and Laura started to argue, I decided to make myself scarce.
off the mark If something is off the mark, it is incorrect or inaccurate.
His estimation of the cost was completely off the mark.
find/meet your match If you find or meet your match, you encounter someone who is equal to you in skills or abilities.
Barry is an excellent tennis player, but he met his match in William.
 
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