English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - M
|in one's mind's eye||If you can
visualize something, or see an image of it
in your mind, you see it in your mind's
I can see the village in my mind's eye but I can't remember the name.
|in two minds||If you are in
two minds about something, you have
difficulty deciding what to do.
I'm in two minds about whether or not to accept the offer.
|(not) in right mind||To say that someone
is not in their right mind means
that they are not behaving in a logical or
Emily wasn't in her right mind the day she bought that outfit. It doesn't suit her at all!
|one-track mind||If you have
a one-track mind, you have a tendency
to think about only one subject.
The boy has a one-track mind; all he thinks about is football!
|mint condition||Something that is
in mint condition is in such
perfect condition that it looks new or as
good as new.
The car is 10 years old but according to Tom it's in mint condition.
|miss the boat||If you miss the
boat, you fail to take advantage of an
opportunity because you don't act quickly
I managed to get my order through before the end of the special offer - but I nearly missed th boat!
|miss the point||If you miss the
point you fail to understand the
essential part of what has been said.
Sam missed the point. It's not the job that's the problem, it's the amount of work it involves for one person.
|(not) miss a trick||If a person never
misses a trick, they are very alert
and aware of everything that is happening
The old lady next door will know if Bill is there or not - she never misses a trick!
|mix business with pleasure||When people mix
business with pleasure, they combine
work and leisure or social activities.
Seminars or training sessions that include leisure activities are a good way of mixing business and pleasure.
|mixed blessing||Something pleasant
which also has disadvantages is called a
He inherited as 18th century mansion but the maintenance costs make it a mixed blessing.
|mixed feelings||When you have
mixed feelings about something, you
react to it with conflicting emotions; you
are happy and unhappy at the same time.
I had mixed feelings about leaving the company. I was excited about my new job but sad to be leaving my colleagues.
|moment of truth||A critical or
decisive time when you face the reality of a
situation, and find out if your efforts have
succeeded, is called the moment of
The moment of truth has arrived - I'm going to serve my first soufflé!
|money burns a hole in your pocket||To say that
money burns a hole in somebody's pocket
means that they are eager to spend it
quickly or extravagantly.
As soon as she's paid she goes shopping. Money burns a hole in her pocket!
|money to burn||People who have
money to burn have so much money that
they can spend it on anything they want.
A leather jacket is no problem for Sarah. She's got money to burn!
|money for jam||A very easy way of
earning money is called money for jam.
All you've got to do is hand out brochures. It's money for jam!
|money for old rope||Money earned from a
task that requires very little effort is
called money for old rope.
Getting paid for watering the garden is money for old rope!
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