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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List - M

(page 5 : (smack dab in the) middle → mind your Ps and Qs)

smack dab in the middle If something is smack dab in the middle, it is right in the centre.
I couldn't hide the stain on my shirt.  It was smack dab in the middle.
burn the midnight oil A person who burns the midnight oil stays up very late at night in order to finish a piece of work.
Tony is working hard for his exams.  He's been burning the midnight oil all week.
might is right This saying expresses the belief that being the most powerful person or country gives you the right to do whatever you want.
There are many leaders today who believe that might is right.
milk of human kindness Someone who has, or is full of, the milk of human kindness, is naturally kind and compassionate to others.
She's a wonderful person - full of the milk of human kindness.
go/put through the mill If you go (or are put) through the mill, you experience a very difficult period, or are exposed to rough treatment.
When I was an intern, I was put through the mill.  Nothing went unnoticed.
look/feel like a million dollars If you look or feel like a million dollars, you look or feel extremely good.
With a tan and a new hairstyle, she looked like a million dollars.
millstone around neck Something described as a millstone around your neck refers to a problem or responsibility that becomes a burden and a source of worry.
The money he borrowed became a millstone around his neck.
(not) mince words Someone who does not mince their words expresses their opinions, ideas or thoughts very clearly, even if they offend others by doing so.
Come on John!  Tell us what you really think - and don't mince your words.
mind over matter The mental power to influence one's body and overcome physical difficulties is said to be a question of mind over matter.
He know he could not be cured, but he managed to live until the baby was born - a case of mind over matter.
mind of your own If you have a mind of your own, you are capable of forming an opinion and making decisions without being influenced by others.
The boy doesn't need any advice; he's got a mind of his own.
the mind boggles The expression 'the mind boggles' is used as a reaction to something that you find amazing or difficult to understand.
She crossed the Atlantic alone - can you imagine? - the mind boggles!
cross your mind If an idea or thought crosses your mind, you suddenly think of it.
It has just crossed my mind that the shops are closed today.
have you gone out of your mind? If you ask someone if they have gone out of their mind, you think they are crazy, foolish or insane.
You're going to ask for a 100% salary increase? Have you gone out of your mind?
mind your own business!  (rude) Telling someone to mind their own business is a (rude) way of saying that they are too interested in what others are doing, or that they are interfering in something that does not concern them.
Don't tell me what to do - just mind your own business!
mind/watch your language This is said to warn someone to be careful what they say so as not to upset or offend anyone.
Your grandfather doesn't tolerate rudeness, so mind your language when we go to visit him!
mind your Ps and Qs If you tell someone to mind their Ps and Qs, you are advising them to be careful about how they behave and what they say.
Politeness is very important to my grandparents, so mind your Ps and Qs.
   
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