General Idioms (Page 15)

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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.
Mince words
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.
Mud-slinging
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.
Murky waters
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.
Newfangled
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.
Nitty gritty
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.
No go
Something that will not work. 'A square peg in a round hole is a no go.'
No good deed goes unpunished
This means that life is unfair and people can do or try to do good things and still end up in a lot of trouble.
No great shakes
If someone is no great shakes at something, they are not very good at it.
No ifs or buts
Ifs and Buts is a term used to describe the reasons people give for not wanting to do something. To show that you don't wish to accept any excuses, you can tell somebody that you wish to hear no ifs or buts Here IF & BUT have become nouns
No laughing matter
Something that is no laughing matter is very serious.
No love lost
If there is no love lost between two people they have a strong enmity towards or hate for the other and make no effort to conceal it.
No pain, no gain
Achievements require some sort of sacrifice.
No peace for the wicked
Bad people will not be at ease or will be tormented.('No rest for the wicked' is also used.)
No quarter
This means without mercy. We can say no quarter given or asked.
No question
This idiom means that something is certain or definite.
No questions asked
If something is to be done and no questions asked, then it doesn't matter what methods are used or what rules are broken to ensure that it gets done.
No rest for the weary
No rest for the weary means that you must keep on working even though you're exhausted or tired.
No rest for the wicked
Bad people will not be at ease or will be tormented.('No peace for the wicked' is also used.)
No strings attached
If something has no strings attached, there are no obligations or requirements involved.
No time for
If you have no time for an activity, you have absolutely no desire to spend or waste any time doing it. You can have no time for people, too.
No two ways about it
If there are no two ways about something, there is no other possible interpretation.
None so blind as those who will not see
This idiom is used when people refuse to accept facts presented to them. ('None so deaf as those who will not hear' is an alternative.)
Not all there
If someone isn't all there, they are a little bit stupid or crazy.
Not for nothing
Usually followed by the word "but," this is essentially a call to pay attention to the next words out of the speaker's mouth, e.g., "Not for nothing, but did you see the way he looked at you?"
Not know you are born
This indicates that the person described is unaware of his or her good fortune or is unaware of how difficult day to day life was before he/she was born. Typical usage: 'Kids today don't know they are born'.
Not much cop
Describing a film or something as not much cop is a way of saying that you didn't think much of it.
Not on your life
When someone responds with "Not on your life," they are utterly rejecting a suggestion that has been made.

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