Idioms Beginning With: 'M'
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- Man of letters
- A man of letters is someone who is an expert in the arts and literature, and often a writer too.
- 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.
- Manna from heaven
- When something fortunate or profitable happens easilyor unexpectedly, it is like manna from heaven.
- 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).
- 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.
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