mad as a hornet
- very angryHe was mad as a hornet when I saw him at
the meeting yesterday.
- the most important street in a townWe spent most of
Saturday evening driving up and down the main drag of the town.
make a beeline for something
- hurry directly somewhereWhen he enters the
cafeteria he always makes a beeline for the dessert section.
make a bundle
- make a lot of moneyMy father made a bundle on the
stock market in early 1998.
make a day of it
- do something all dayWe decided to make a day of it
and spend the day at the beach.
make a dent in
- make progressWe worked hard all day but we didn`t
seem to make a dent in the amount of work left to do.
make a difference
- cause a change in a situationIt doesn`t make any
difference whether he comes to the meeting or not.
make a go of
- succeed, produce good resultsAlthough he tried hard
he was never able to make a go of his business.
make a hit
- be successfulHer cake made a big hit at the party.
make a killing
- make a large amount of moneyHer mother made a
killing on the real estate market before she retired.
make a living
- earn enough money to liveHe cannot make a living by
only doing a part-time job.
make a mistake
- make an errorHe made a mistake on the math test.
make a mountain out of a molehill
- make a big problem out of a small oneHe is really
making a mountain out of a molehill by worrying about his son`s problems.
make a name for oneself
- become well-known or famousHe has made a name for
himself in the field of computers.
make a pass at someone
- make romantic advances to a member of the opposite
sexHe was fired because he made a pass at one of the women who he
make a point of
- do or say something with a definite intentHe always
makes a point of visiting his aunt when he is in town.
make a run for it
- dash for safety, make a speedy escapeHe made a run
for it as soon as the class finished.
make away with
- take, carry awayThe cat made away with the fish
that was sitting on top of the kitchen counter.
- act as if something is true while one knows that it is not,
pretendThe children were playing make believe and pretended that they
lived in a castle.
make do with something
- substitute one thing for anotherIf there is no
cream for the coffee, we`ll have to make do with milk.
make ends meet
- be able to live on the money one hasIt`s hard to
make ends meet on his salary.
make eyes at
- flirt, look at a member of the opposite sex to try and attract
themThe boy was making eyes at the girl in his history class.
- go toward, start in the direction ofAs soon as it
began to become dark we decided to make for a quiet place to set up a camp.
- form friendships with people or animalsShe is shy
and isn`t able to make friends easily.
make fun of
- ridiculeThe students were making fun of the girl
with the short hair.
- do what one promised to do, make something come
trueHe made good on his promise to give everyone a raise in the new
make hay while the sun shines
- do something at the right time, not wait too
longYou should make hay while the sun shines and paint the house
while the weather is good.
(can`t) make head nor tail of something
- understand, find meaning in somethingWe couldn`t
make head nor tail of what he was trying to say during his speech.
make it up to someone
- do something for someone to compensate for an unfulfilled
promise or debtI can`t go with you to the game tonight but I will
make it up to you later.
make light of
- treat as of little importance, minimizeMy friend
made light of my efforts to learn how to speak and write Chinese.
make of something
- interpret, think ofWhat do you make of the new
manager in accounting.
- have fun, laugh and celebrateWe decided to go to a
nice restaurant and make merry for the evening.
make no bones about something
- make no secret, not keep from talking about
somethingHe has made no bones about the fact that he is not
interested in applying for the supervisor`s job.
make one`s bed and lie in it
- be responsible for what one has done and then have to accept
the bad resultsYou quit your job and now you have no money. You made
your bed. Now you must lie in it.
make one`s blood boil
- make someone very angryEvery time that I see him he
makes my blood boil.
make one`s hair stand on end
- frighten, horrifyThe horror movie that we rented
last week really made my hair stand on end.
make one`s own way
- rely on one`s own abilitiesHis father wants him to
join the family business but he wants to make his own way in the world.
make one`s mouth water
- want to eat something because of the thought or smell of the
foodLooking at the menu made my mouth water.
make oneself at home
- act as if you were at homeShe is able to make
herself at home when she goes to visit her friends.
make oneself felt
- use one`s authorityHe was not able to make himself
felt when trying to resolve the conflict.
make oneself scarce
- leave quickly, go awayI think that I will make
myself scarce and go to the beach for the day.
- do, progressHow did you make out at your job
- understand, interpretI can never make out what he
wants to say when he phones me.
- distinguish, identifyThe ship captain couldn`t make
out the other boat because of the fog.
- make someone believe, show, proveHe made out that
he was at the library last night but I know that he wasn`t.
- make something look different, change the style
ofWe decided to make over our living room because we were tired of
the old style.
make room for someone or something
- arrange space forHe made room for the new computer
in the spare room.
- seem reasonableHis proposal makes absolutely no
make short work of something
- finish quicklyHe made short work of the typing and
has started working on the other documents.
make something out
- manage to see or read somethingI was unable to make
out the sign because I didn`t have my glasses.
make something up
- invent (a story etc.)He made up the story about his
make the best of
- do as well as possible in a bad situationHe has
really made the best of his time since beginning his new job.
make the grade
- make good, succeed, meet a standard, qualifyHe
wasn`t able to make the grade and join the football team.
make the most of
- use to the greatest advantageHe made the most of
his time in Europe and visited many art galleries.
make the scene
- be present, go to a certain place or eventHe
decided to make the scene and go to the disco for the evening.
- be successful in arriving at a destination in a short
timeWe made very good time yesterday and arrived home before it got
- make something by putting things or parts togetherA
car is made up of many different parts.
- invent, think and say something that is new or not
trueShe made up the story about how she got lost in the mountains.
- do or supply something that is lacking, regain,
repayI had to make up the time that I was sick by working on
- put on cosmeticsShe always wants to make up her
face before she goes to the store.
- become friends again after a quarrelThey finally
made up after their fight last week.
make up for something
- compensate for a loss or mistakeI have to work hard
in order to make up for the loss from the poor sales.
make up one`s mind
- decideI haven`t made up my mind yet about whether
or not I will accept the new job.
- create a disturbanceHe is very calm and quiet at
work and doesn`t like to make waves.
- stand aside, move so someone can go throughThe
truck had to go to the side of the road to make way for the ambulance.
man in the street
- the average or ordinary personAccording to what the
man in the street is saying the government is not very popular.
- frank or directI had a man-to-man talk with him
about the problem last night.
- move one`s feet up and down to musicHe was marking
time to the music as he was driving his car.
- be idle, waiting for something to happenHe has been
marking time for over a month now as he waits to hear about the new job.
- be importantIt doesn`t matter if you can`t come
matter of course
- the usual way, habit, ruleIt was done as a matter
of course and nobody really thought about the results.
matter of fact
- something that is really true, something that can be
provedAs a matter of fact I saw him last night and he asked me how
- simply telling or showing the truth, seeming not to care
muchThe witness told about the murder in a matter-of-fact way.
- be serious, ready to take actionHe is working very
hard and really means business when he says he is going to get the office
- be equal, be of high qualityThe new accounting
manager didn`t measure up to the previous one so we had to ask him to leave.
meet someone half-way
- make a compromise with someoneHe is very stubborn
and is never willing to meet his friends half-way.
meet up with
- meet by accident, come upon without planning or expecting
toHe met up with a nice group of people in Australia when he was
melt in one`s mouth
- taste very good, be deliciousThe pastry that she
made melted in my mouth.
mend one`s fences
- do something to make people like you after a fight, strengthen
one`s friendship or influenceI made a big effort to mend my fences
with my boss so that we could work together effectively.
mend one`s ways
- improve one`s habitsShe has been forced to mend her
ways in order to get along better at work.
- play around, engage in idle activityThe children
were messing around in the school yard before the class began.
- cause trouble, spoil somethingHe messed up his
chance to get a promotion by not making much of an effort last year.
middle of the road
- being halfway between two different ideas, seeing good on both
sides of an issueThe president was elected because he was a person
whose ideas were very middle of the road.
mind one`s P`s and Q`s
- be very careful about what one does or saysYou
should mind your P`s and Q`s and not say anything to offend your aunt.
- I want you to notice and understand.I don`t want to
work any more overtime. Mind you, if there is an emergency I will be able to
work extra in that case.
miss out on
- lose an opportunityHe missed out on the new job
because he was late for the interview.
miss the boat
- lose an opportunityYou had better hurry and get
your application in or you will miss the boat on entering that new company.
might as well
- be somewhat preferableWe might as well go home now.
I don`t think he will come.
- confuse, make a mistake aboutHe mixed up the video
tapes and played the wrong one in front of the class.
- an error, some confusionThere was a mix-up at the
airline ticket counter and I was given the wrong ticket.
(get or become) mixed up
- become confusedHe gets all mixed up when he tries
to speak French.
money to burn
- have very much money, have more than is neededHe
has money to burn and never has to worry about working.
- comical or silly actions, goofing offThe kids were
involved in some kind of monkey business. That was when the window was broken.
- unethical, illegal or objectionable activity,
cheatingThe company was involved in some monkey business with the tax
department and have recently had to hire a lawyer to defend themselves.
more and more
- increasingly, increasing numberMore and more people
are buying computers for their homes.
more or less
- somewhat, to some extentI like the new color more
or less but it`s not great.
more the merrier
- the more people who join in the fun the better it will
beThe more the merrier he said as his sister`s friends also decided
to come to the beach.
morning after (the night before)
- a hangoverHe`s not feeling well. I think it`s the
morning after the night before.
(not) move a muscle
- don`t move even a small amountThe doctor told him
not to move a muscle when he was fixing his leg.
move heaven and earth
- try every way, do everything one canI will move
heaven and earth to help you get a job with our company.
move in on
- take over something that belongs to anotherHe was
angry because the other salesman was moving in on his sales territory.
mum`s the word
- say nothing of the secret you knowDon`t worry mum`s
the word on the party. I won`t tell anybody.
- the transfer of a number of officers in an organization into
different jobs - especially each other`s jobsThey seem to be playing
a game of musical chairs at the company as many people move from one position to
music to one`s ears
- something one likes to hearWhen he told me that I
could go to the sales convention in the summer it was music to my ears.
my goodness (my God)
- used to express surprise or shock etc."My
goodness," she said when she saw the small dog jump over the fence.