English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

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Mad as a badger
If someone is as mad as a badger, they are crazy.
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.)
Mad as a cut snake
(AU) One who is mad as a cut snake has lost all sense of reason, is crazy, out of control.
Mad as a hornet
(USA) If someone is as mad as a hornet, they are very angry indeed.
Mad as a March hare
Someone who is excitable and unpredictable is as mad as a March hare.
Mad as a wet hen
If someone is as mad as a wet hen, they are extremely angry.
Made in the shade
One has an easy time in life or in a given situation. Finding things working to one's benefit.
Made of money
If you are made of money, you have a lot of money.
Mailed fist
Someone who rules or controls something with a mailed fist is in absolute control and tolerates no dissent. A mailed fist in a velvet glove is used to describe someone who appears soft on the outside, but underneath is very hard. 'Iron fist' is an alternative form.
Major league
Something major league is very important.
Make a better fist
If someone makes a better fist of doing something, they do a better job.
Make a clean breast
If someone makes a clean breast, they confess in full to something they have done.
Make a good fist
(UK) If you make a good fist of something, you do it well.
Make a killing
If you make a killing, you do something that makes you a lot of money.
Make a meal
If someone makes a meal of something, they spend too long doing it or make it look more difficult than it really is.
Make a mint
If someone is making a mint, they are making a lot of money.
Make a monkey of someone
If you make a monkey of someone, you make them look foolish.
Make a mountain out of a molehill
If somebody makes a mountain out of a molehill, they exaggerate the importance or seriousness of a problem.
Make a pig's ear
If you make a pig's ear of something, you make a mess of it.
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 rod for your own back
If you make a rod for your own back, you make something difficult for yourself.
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.
Make bets in a burning house
(USA) If people are making bets in a burning house, they are engaged in futile activity while serious problems around them are getting worse.
Make ends meet
If somebody finds it hard to make ends meet, they have problems living on the money they earn.
Make hay
If you make hay, or may hay while the sun shines, you take advantage of an opportunity as soon as it arises and do not waste time.
Make headway
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 money hand over fist
If you make money hand over fist, you make a lot of money without any difficulty.
Make my day
If something makes your day, it satisfies you or makes you happy.
Make no bones about it
If somebody make no bones about a scandal in their past, they are open and honest about it and show no shame or embarrassment.
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 out like a bandit
(USA) If someone is extremely successful in a venture, they make out like a bandit.
Make the grade
Someone or something that makes the grade reaches the standard expected or required.
Make tracks
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 waves
If someone makes waves, they cause a lot of trouble.
Make you spit
If something makes you spit, it irritates you or makes you angry.
Make your blood boil
If something makes your blood boil, it makes you very angry.
Make your day
If something makes your day, it pleases you or makes you very happy.
Make your flesh crawl
If something makes your flesh crawl, it really scares or revolts you. ('Make your flesh creep' is an alternative. 'Make your skin crawl' is also used.)
Make your hair stand on end
If something makes your hair stand on end, it terrifies you.
Make your toes curl
If something makes your toes curl, it makes you feel very uncomfortable, shocked or embarrassed.
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.
Man Friday
From 'Robinson Crusoe', a 'Man Friday' refers to an assistant or companion, usually a capable one. The common feminine equivalent is 'Girl Friday'. (Also, 'right-hand man'. )
Man in the street
The man in the street is an idiom to describe ordinary people, especially when talking about their opinions and ideas.
Man Of God
A man of God is a clergyman.
Man of his word
A man of his word is a person who does what he says and keeps his promises.
Man of letters
A man of letters is someone who is an expert in the arts and literature, and often a writer too.

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