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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List of Idioms - M

(page 6 :  in one's mind's eye  →  money for old rope)

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 eye.
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 sensible way.
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 enough.
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 around them.
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 mixed blessing.
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 truth.
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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