English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - M
|matter of time||If you say that it
is only or just a matter of
time before (or until) something
happens, it is certain to happen or will
inevitably take place, although you do not
Restrictive measures will have to be introduced. It's just a matter of time.
|for that matter||This term is used
to add something that is also true.
She refuses to fly, and she won't travel by train either for that matter.
|mean business||If someone
means business, they are serious about
what they announce.
The boss says that in future any missing material will be reported to the police, and he looks as though he means business.
|taste of one's own medicine||If you give someone
a taste of their own medicine, you
treat them in the same unpleasant way that
they have treated you.
People who always late should be given a taste of their own medicine.
|meet halfway||If you meet
someone half way, you accept to make a
compromise and give them part of what they
are trying to obtain.
We can't agree to all your conditions but we could perhaps agree to meet half-way.
|meet your maker||This expression is
used to say (often humorously) that someone
Poor old Mr. Potter has gone to meet his maker.
|meet-and-greet||This term refers to
a reception (often informal) where a public
figure or important person can introduce
themselves and talk to the guests.
The new mayor is going to schedule a meet-and-greet reception for the residents.
|megaphone diplomacy||If the media, through press releases, interviews and announcements, is instrumental in facilitating dialogue between two or more countries, this is called megaphone diplomacy.|
|memory/brain like a sieve||Someone who has a
memory (or brain) like a sieve
has a very bad memory and forgets things
Oh, I forgot to buy the bread - I've got a brain like a sieve these days!
|if memory serves well||If your memory
serves you well, you remember correctly
or you have not forgotten any details.
You're Stella's daughter, if my memory serves me well.
|trip down memory lane||If you take a
trip (stroll or walk)
down memory lane, you remember
pleasant things that happened in the past.
Every Christmas is a trip down memory for the family when our parents take out the photograph albums.
|on the mend||Someone who is
on the mend is getting better after an
My grandmother hasn't been very well lately but she's on the mend now.
|method in madness||This expression
means that someone's behaviour is not as
irrational as it seems.
He's efficient despite his strange way of working; there's method in his madness!
|middle of nowhere||If a place is
in the middle of nowhere, it is in a
remote area, far from towns, villages or
The campsite was in the middle of nowhere so I couldn't send you a postcard.
|middle of the road (MOR)||This term refers to
anything moderate, unadventurous or
inoffensive that avoids extremes and appeals
to the majority of people.
He's a successful middle-of-the-road entertainer. My mother wouldn't miss a show!
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