Idioms and Phrases

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Idioms

Idioms beginning with M

make all the difference

make all the difference
Meaning: have a very good effect on a thing or a situation.
Example: Working with a nice bunch of people can make all the difference to your job.

make common cause with

make common cause with
Meaning: work together in order to achieve something that both groups want.
Example: Environment protesters have made common cause with local people to stop the setting up of the factories and iron industries on fertile land.

make a clean breast

make a clean breast
Meaning: confess completely.
Example: While wedged stealing in Super Market, Robert Daniel decided to make a clean breast of it to the owner of the store.

make it big

make it big
Meaning: become very successful or famous.
Example: Despite being highly qualified it took her several years before she made it big in the London city.

mean business

mean business
Meaning: be serious about achieving something, even if other people disagree with you.
Example: The firmness with which the new government has initiated certain measure shows that it mean business.

make a fast, (or quick) buck

make a fast (or quick) buck
Meaning: earn money quickly and often in a way that is not honest or normal.
Example: When Indians go foreign countries like Canada and UK they often try to make a fast buck.

make no bones about

make no bones about
Meaning: be open and frank about something.
Example: He made no bones about his dissatisfaction with the teaching in the school.

make the best of

make the best of
Meaning: try to think and act in a positive way when one has to accept a situation which one do not like but cannot change.
Example: He got admission in a college where he did not have any of his former friends with him but he decided to make the best of it.

make a beeline for

make a beeline for
Meaning: go quickly and directly to somebody or something.
Example: As soon as the employees heard about the news of scrapping of the bonus policy, they made a beeline for the boss’s office.

make an ass

make an ass
Meaning: behave in a silly way
Example: They made an ass of the new colleague at the office by giving him the wrong instructions.