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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List of Idioms - M

(page 4:   matter of time  →  middle of the road)

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 know when.
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 has died.
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 easily.
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 illness.
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 houses.
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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