Mad as a badger
If someone is as mad as a badger, they are crazy.
Mad as a bag of hammers
Someone who is as mad as a bag of hammers is crazy or stupid. ('Daft as a bag of hammers' is also used.)
Mad as a cut snake
(AU) One who is mad as a cut snake has lost all sense of reason, is crazy, out of control.
Mad as a hornet
(USA) If someone is as mad as a hornet, they are very angry indeed.
Mad as a March hare
Someone who is excitable and unpredictable is as mad as a March hare.
Mad as a wet hen
If someone is as mad as a wet hen, they are extremely angry.
Made in the shade
One has an easy time in life or in a given situation. Finding things working to one's benefit.
Made of money
If you are made of money, you have a lot of money.
Mailed fist
Someone who rules or controls something with a mailed fist is in absolute control and tolerates no dissent. A mailed fist in a velvet glove is used to describe someone who appears soft on the outside, but underneath is very hard. 'Iron fist' is an alternative form.
Major league
Something major league is very important.
Make a better fist
If someone makes a better fist of doing something, they do a better job.
Make a clean breast
If someone makes a clean breast, they confess in full to something they have done.
Make a good fist
(UK) If you make a good fist of something, you do it well.
Make a killing
If you make a killing, you do something that makes you a lot of money.
Make a meal
If someone makes a meal of something, they spend too long doing it or make it look more difficult than it really is.
Make a mint
If someone is making a mint, they are making a lot of money.
Make a monkey of someone
If you make a monkey of someone, you make them look foolish.
Make a mountain out of a molehill
If somebody makes a mountain out of a molehill, they exaggerate the importance or seriousness of a problem.
Make a pig's ear
If you make a pig's ear of something, you make a mess of it.
Make a pitch
If you make a pitch for something, you make a bid, offer or other attempt to get it.
Make a request
If you request something, or make a request, you are asking for something you want or need.
Make a rod for your own back
If you make a rod for your own back, you make something difficult for yourself.
Make a song and dance
(UK) If someone makes a song and dance, they make an unecessary fuss about something unimportant.
Make a virtue out of necessity
If you make a virtue out of necessity, you make the best of a difficult or unsatisfactory situation.
Make an enquiry
If you make an enquiry, you ask for general information about something.
Make bets in a burning house
(USA) If people are making bets in a burning house, they are engaged in futile activity while serious problems around them are getting worse.
Make ends meet
If somebody finds it hard to make ends meet, they have problems living on the money they earn.
Make hay
If you make hay, or may hay while the sun shines, you take advantage of an opportunity as soon as it arises and do not waste time.
Make headway
If you make headway, you make progress.
Make it snappy
To do something quickly: Make it snappy, will you, because I need help right now.
Make money hand over fist
If you make money hand over fist, you make a lot of money without any difficulty.
Make my day
If something makes your day, it satisfies you or makes you happy.
Make no bones about it
If somebody make no bones about a scandal in their past, they are open and honest about it and show no shame or embarrassment.
Make or break
A make or break decision, stage, etc, is a crucial one that will determine the success or failure of the whole venture.
Make out like a bandit
(USA) If someone is extremely successful in a venture, they make out like a bandit.
Make the grade
Someone or something that makes the grade reaches the standard expected or required.
Make tracks
To leave a place to go somewhere. Referring to the tracks one would make in the snow or mud in the course of a journey.
Make waves
If someone makes waves, they cause a lot of trouble.
Make you spit
If something makes you spit, it irritates you or makes you angry.
Make your blood boil
If something makes your blood boil, it makes you very angry.
Make your day
If something makes your day, it pleases you or makes you very happy.
Make your flesh crawl
If something makes your flesh crawl, it really scares or revolts you. ('Make your flesh creep' is an alternative. 'Make your skin crawl' is also used.)
Make your hair stand on end
If something makes your hair stand on end, it terrifies you.
Make your toes curl
If something makes your toes curl, it makes you feel very uncomfortable, shocked or embarrassed.
Make yourself scarce
If someone makes themselves scarce, they go away from a place, especially to avoid trouble or so that they can't be found.
Man Friday
From 'Robinson Crusoe', a 'Man Friday' refers to an assistant or companion, usually a capable one. The common feminine equivalent is 'Girl Friday'. (Also, 'right-hand man'. )
Man in the street
The man in the street is an idiom to describe ordinary people, especially when talking about their opinions and ideas.
Man Of God
A man of God is a clergyman.
Man of his word
A man of his word is a person who does what he says and keeps his promises.
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.
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).
Mealy-mouthed
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.
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.
Mint condition
If something is in mint condition, it is in perfect condition.
Misery guts
A misery guts is a person who's always unhappy and tries to make others feel negative.
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.
Mom and pop
(USA) A mom and pop business is a small business, especially if it is run by members of a family. It can used in a wider sense to mean that something is small scale.
Monday morning quarterback
(USA) A Monday morning quarterback is someone who, with the benefit of hindsight, knows what should have been done in a situation.
Money burns a hole in your pocket
If someone has money burning a hole in their pocket, they are eager to spend it, normally in a wasteful manner.
Money doesn`t grow on trees
This means that you have to work to earn money; it doesn't come easily or without effort.
Money for jam
If something's money for jam, it's a very easy way of making money.
Money for old rope
(UK) If something's money for old rope, it's a very easy way of making money.
Money laundering
If people launder money, they get money made illegally into the mainstream so that it is believed to be legitimate and clean.
Money makes many things
This means that money is important.
Money pit
A business or venture that costs a lot of money, especially when it costs more than expected, is a money pit.
Money talks
This means that people can convey many messages with money, and many things can be discovered about people by observing the way they use their money.
Money to burn
If someone is very rich, they have money to burn.
Monkey business
If children get up to monkey business, they are behaving naughtily or mischievously. This is the same as 'monkeying around'.
Monkey see, monkey do
This idiom means that children will learn their behaviour by copying what they see happening around them.
Moot point
If something's a moot point, there's some disagreement about it: a debatable point. In the U.S., this expression usually means that there is no point in debating something, because it just doesn't matter. An example: If you are arguing over whether to go the beach or to the park, but you find out the car won't start and you can't go anywhere, then the destination is said to be a moot point.
Moral fibre
Moral fibre is the inner strength to do what you believe to be right in difficult situations Example: He lacked the moral fibre to be leader (In American English the correct spelling is 'fiber'.)
Moral high ground
If people have/take/claim/seize, etc, the moral high ground, they claim that their arguments, beliefs, etc, are morally superior to those being put forward by other people.
More bang for your buck
(USA) Something that will give you more bang for your buck will deliver more value than any other option.
More front than Brighton
(UK) If you have more front than Brighton, you are very self-confident, possibly excessively so.
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 holes than Swiss cheese
If something has more holes than a Swiss cheese, it is incomplete,and lacks many parts.
More than meets the eye
If there is more than meets the eye to something, it is more complex or difficult than it appears.
More than one string to their bow
A person who has more than one string to their bow has different talents or skills to fall back on.
More than one way to skin a cat
When people say that there is more than one way to skin a cat, they mean that there are different ways of achieving the same thing.
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.
Mother wit
Native intelligence; common sense
Mountain to climb
If you have a mountain to climb, you have to work hard or make a lot of progress to achieve something.
Move heaven and earth
This expression indicates a person's determined intention of getting a work done in spite of all odds he may face. He will use all and every means to accomplish the target. Example: He moved heaven and earth to get his literary work recognised by the committee of experts.
Move mountains
If you would move mountains to do something, you would make any effort to achieve your aim. When people say that faith can move mountains, they mean that it can achieve a lot.
Move the chains
(USA) Derived from the act of moving the chains in an American football game when a team gets a first down, this expression describes taking a project to the next step, especially one that has lost its momentum for one reason or another. Example: Frustrated with our lack of progress, our boss finally shouted, "Make a decision today about which one to use, and let's move the chains on this."
Move the goalposts
When people move the goalposts, they change the standards required for something to their advantage.
Move up a gear
If you move up a gear, you start to perform in a clearly better way, especially in sport.
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.
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