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HOME > AMERICAN IDIOMS > Idioms starting with M

Common American Idioms for ESL students







AMERICAN IDIOMS STARTING WITH M


(To) make a beeline for (somewhere):
To head directly to (somewhere). ex. "Whenever he comes into the cafeteria, he makes a beeline for the grilled vegetables."

(To) make a bundle:
To make a lot of money (one time). ex. "I made a bundle when I sold my Microsoft stock last month."

(To) make a long story short:
To bring a story to an end; To sum things up.

(To) make a pass (at someone):
To make romantic advances; to hit on (someone). ex. "Karl was fired because he made a pass at his co-worker Fiona."

(To) make believe:
To pretend. ex. "When your friends come, let's make believe ( = pretend) we don't know each other."

(To) make ends meet:
To have enough money to pay one's basic expenses; to barely get by. ex. "This city is so expensive that it's hard to make ends meet sometimes."

(To) make good money:
To make a lot of money (regularly). ex. "Shawn doesn't like his job, but he makes good money."

(To) make light of something:
To treat something as if it were trivial or unimportant. ex. "Don't make light of the situation. It's more serious than you think."

(To) make life miserable for someone:
To cause someone lots of problems. ex. "Patricia's boss is making life miserable for her."

(To) make up one's mind:
To make a decision. ex. "I've made up my mind. I'm moving to Costa Rica."

(To) make oneself at home:
To feel as comfortable as one would being at home. ex. "During your visit, just make yourself at home."

(To) make someone's head spin:
To make someone dizzy or disoriented. ex. "All that alcohol made my head spin."

(To) make something from scratch:
To make something by starting with the basic ingredients. ex. "P1: Did you bake that cake? P2: No, I made it from scratch."

(To) meet someone halfway:
To compromise with someone. ex. "They settled the argument by deciding to meet each other halfway."

(To) mention something in passing:
To mention something casually. ex. "She mentioned something in passing about going to check out the new Wes Anderson movie tonight."

(The) middle of nowhere:
A very isolated place. ex. "Our car broke down in the middle of nowhere. The nearest town was 100 miles away!"

(To) mind one's own business:
Not to interfere/ get involved in the business of others. ex. "Sometimes, it's best to mind your own business."

Money talks:
Having money helps one get things done.

(There's) more than meets the eye:
(Something is) more complicated/more interesting than it seems. ex. "There's more than meets the eye when it comes to Maria. = Maria is more interesting (or complicated, depending on the context) than she appears."

(To) move up in the world:
To increase one's standing socially, etc.; to become successful. ex. "I'm not interested in moving up in the world at the expense of other people."

(A) must:
A necessity. ex. "In Los Angeles, having a car is a must."


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