English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

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Man of means
A man, or woman, of means is wealthy.
Man of parts
A man of parts is a person who is talented in a number of different areas or ways.
Man of straw
A weak person that can easily be beaten of changed is a man of straw.
Man of the cloth
A man of the cloth is a priest.
Man on the Clapham omnibus
(UK) The man on the Clapham omnibus is the ordinary person in the street.
Man proposes, God disposes
Your fate lies in the hands of God.
Man upstairs
When people refer to the man upstairs, they are referring to God.
Man's best friend
This is an idiomatic term for dogs.
Man's man
A man's man is a man who does things enjoyed by men and is respected by other men.
Many a slip twixt cup and lip
There's many a slip twixt cup and lip means that many things can go wrong before something is achieved.
Many hands make light work
This idiom means that when everyone gets involved in something, the work gets done quickly.
Many happy returns
This expression is used to wish someone a happy birthday.
Many moons ago
A very long time ago.
March to the beat of your own drum
If people march to the beat of their own drum, they do things the way they want without taking other people into consideration.
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.
Marked man
A marked man is a person who is being targeted by people who want to do them harm or cause them trouble.
Marriage of convenience
A marriage of convenience is a marriage or commitment made for financial, social or other benefit rather than love, affection, etc.
Matter of life and death
If something is a matter of life and death, it is extremely important.
May-December romance
When one person in a relationship is a lot older than the other, it is a May-December romance ('May-December love affair' is also used).
Mealy-mouthed
A mealy-mouthed person doesn't say what they mean clearly.
Meat and drink
If something is meat and drink to you, you enjoy it and are naturally good at it, though many find it difficult.
Meat and potatoes
The meat and potatoes is the most important part of something. A meat and potatoes person is someone who prefers plain things to fancy ones.
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 Maker
If someone has gone to meet their Maker, they have died.
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.
Meet your Waterloo
There was a battle in Waterloo, in present-day Belgium on June 18th, 1815, which Napoleon lost. If someone has "met their Waterloo", it means they have been defeated or met their death.
Megaphone diplomacy
If negotiations between countries or parties are held through press releases and announcements, this is megaphone diplomacy, aiming to force the other party into adopting a desired position.
Melt your heart
If something melts your heart, it affects you emotionally and you cannot control the feeling.
Melting pot
A melting pot is a place where people from many ethnicities and nationalities live together.
Memory like a sieve
If somebody can't retain things for long in his or her memory and quickly forgets, he or she has a memory like a sieve. A sieve has lots of tiny holes in it to let liquids out while keeping the solids inside.
Memory like an elephant
'An elephant never forgets' is a saying, so if a person has a memory like an elephant, he or she has a very good memory indeed.
Mend fences
When people mend fences, they try to improve or restore relations that have been damaged by disputes or arguments.
Mess with a bull, you get the horns
If you do something stupid or dangerous, you can get hurt.
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.
Mexican standoff
When there is a deadlock in strategy and neither side can do anything that will ensure victory, it's a Mexican standoff.
Mickey Mouse
If something is Mickey Mouse, it is intellectually trivial or not of a very high standard.
Midas touch
If someone has the Midas touch, they make a lot of money out of any scheme they try.
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.
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow
Big or great things start very small.
Mile a minute
To do something very quickly. For example: He was talking a mile a minute.
Milk run
A milk run is a short trip, stopping in a number of places.
Millstone round your neck
A millstone around your neck is a problem that prevents you from doing what you want to do.
Mince words
If people mince words, or mince their words, they don't say what they really mean clearly.
Mind over matter
This idiom is used when someone uses their willpower to rise above adversity.
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.

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