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Lower the bar
If people change the standards required to make things easier, they lower the bar.
Mad as a bag of hammers
Someone who is as mad as a bag of hammers is crazy or stupid. ('Daft as a bag of hammers' is also used.)
Make a pitch
If you make a pitch for something, you make a bid, offer or other attempt to get it.
Make a request
If you request something, or make a request, you are asking for something you want or need.
Make a song and dance
(UK) If someone makes a song and dance, they make an unecessary fuss about something unimportant.
Make a virtue out of necessity
If you make a virtue out of necessity, you make the best of a difficult or unsatisfactory situation.
Make an enquiry
If you make an enquiry, you ask for general information about something.
If you make headway, you make progress.
Make it snappy
To do something quickly: Make it snappy, will you, because I need help right now.
Make or break
A make or break decision, stage, etc, is a crucial one that will determine the success or failure of the whole venture.
Make the grade
Someone or something that makes the grade reaches the standard expected or required.
To leave a place to go somewhere. Referring to the tracks one would make in the snow or mud in the course of a journey.
Make yourself scarce
If someone makes themselves scarce, they go away from a place, especially to avoid trouble or so that they can't be found.
Many happy returns
This expression is used to wish someone a happy birthday.
Mark my words
Mark my words is an expression used to lend an air of seriousness to what the speaker is about to say when talking about the future. You often hear drunks say it before they deliver some particularly spurious nonsense.
Mark someone's card
If you mark someone's card, you correct them in a forceful and prompt manner when they say something wrong.
Meet someone halfway
If you meet someone halfway, you accept some of their ideas and make concessions.
Meet your expectations
If something doesn't meet your expectations, it means that it wasn't as good as you had thought it was going to be; a disappointment.
Meet your match
If you meet your match, you meet a person who is at least as good if not better than you are at something.
A melting pot is a place where people from many ethnicities and nationalities live together.
Method in his madness
If there's method in someone's madness, they do things in a strange and unorthodox way, but manage to get results.
Middle of nowhere
If someone says that he/she is in the middle of nowhere, he/she means that he/she is not sure where he/she is.
Might and main
This means with all your effort and strength. As he failed in the previous exam,the student tried might and main to pass the next one.
If people mince words, or mince their words, they don't say what they really mean clearly.
Mind the gap
Mind the gap is an instruction used on the Underground in the UK to warn passengers to be careful when leaving the tube or train as there is quite a distance between the train and the platform.
Mind your own beeswax
(USA) This idiom means that people should mind their own business and not interfere in other people's affairs.
Mind Your P's and Q's
If you are careful about the way you behave and are polite, you mind Your P's and Q's.
Mind your P's and Q's
This is used as a way of telling someone to be polite and behave well.
Miss is as good as a mile
A miss is as good as a mile means that if you fail, even by the smallest margin, it is still a failure.
Miss the boat
If you miss the boat, you are too late to take advantage of an opportunity.
More haste, less speed
The faster you try to do something, the more likely you are to make mistakes that make you take longer than it would had you planned it.
More heat than light
If a discussion generates more heat than light, it doesn't provide answers, but does make people angry.
More than you can shake a stick at
If you have more of something than you can shake a stick at, then you have a lot.
Mover and shaker
A person who is a mover and shaker is a highly respected, key figure in their particular area with a lot of influence and importance.
Much ado about nothing
If there's a lot of fuss about something trivial, there's much ado about nothing.
Much of a muchness
Things are much of a muchness when there is very little difference between them.
If someone is mud-slinging, they are insulting someone and trying to damage that person's reputation.
Muddy the waters
If somebody muddies the waters, he or she makes the situation more complex or less clear.
Mum's the word
When people use this idiom, they mean that you should keep quiet about something and not tell other people.
Where people are behaving in morally and ethically questionable ways, they are in murky waters.
Need no introduction
Someone who is very famous and known to everyone needs no introduction.
Neither here nor there
If something is neither here nor there, it is of very little importance.
Neither use nor ornament
Something that serves no purpose and is not aesthetically pleasing is neither use nor ornament.
New lease of life
If someone finds new enthusiasm and energy for something, they have a new lease of life.
People who don't like new methods, technologies, etc, describe them as newfangled, which means new but not as good or nice as the old ones.
Nip and tuck
A close contest where neither opponent seems to be gaining the advantage.
Nip at the bit
If someone is nipping at the bit, they are anxious to get something done and don't want to wait.
If people get down to the nitty gritty, they concentrate on the most important and serious issues.
No can do
No can do means that the speaker can't do whatever it is that has been asked of him or her.
Something that will not work. 'A square peg in a round hole is a no go.'
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