Idioms Beginning with M

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make a living
To earn enough income to support oneself.

Max makes a living as a salesman.

make a mountain out of a molehill
To exaggerate the significance of a minor problem.

A little acne is not the end of the world. Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.

make believe
To pretend.

In his spare time, Max likes to make believe that he is a dragon slayer.

make do
To survive or get by with what little is available.

We don't have a lot money, but we make do with what we have.

make ends meet
To have just enough money to cover expenses; to barely meet expenses from paycheck to paycheck.

It is hard to make ends meet on a teacher's salary.

make sure
To recheck to be certain.

Make sure that you put your name on your test before you turn it in.

make up one's mind
To make a decision; to decide between different options.

I can't make up my mind whether to go to Argentina or Chile for vacation.

middle of nowhere
A place far from interesting sites and major population centers.

As I was driving across the country, my car broke down in the middle of nowhere.

mind one's own business
To concern yourself only your own interests and not interfere in the affairs of others.

Why does Max care about how much money I make? Tell him to mind his own business.

money doesn't grow on trees
Money is not easily obtained.

Turn off the lights when you leave the room. You know money doesn't grow on trees.

monkey around
To behave in a silly or playful way.

Stop monkeying around. Let's get to work.


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