This is a series of popular idioms and usages in English world over. Please read the other parts until the Part L of this series.
- Make a beeline for: Move fast toward anything. John made a beeline for Jane.
- Make an offer he can’t refuse: Originated from Mario Puzo classic, The Godfather. It means “do as I say or die.”
- Make no bones about: To state something doubtlessly.
- The real McCoy: The original thing, not duplicate.
- Mea culpa: Latin meaning, “I am to be blamed.”
- Meet your
: To taste failure after so many successes. Waterloo
- Men in suits: Businessmen or executives who follow a dress code. First used by John Lennon.
- Menage a trois: French meaning three people in sexual partnership.
- Mexican wave: A wave effect caused by people in stadia standing up and sitting back. Came to existence from 1986 football world cup in
- Mickey Finn: Anesthetic mixed into one’s drink to make him unconscious.
- Mince pies: Eyes. Cockney rhyming slang.
- Mind your p’s and q’s: Check your language.
- Moaning Minnie: A habitual grumbler.
- Molotov cocktail: A homemade petrol bomb.
- Montezuma’s revenge: Diarrhea suffered by tourists when traveling to foreign locations. Came to existence after Montezuma, the 15th century emperor of
- The full Monty: The whole thing.
- Mouth watering: Delicious.
- Moving the goalposts: Changing the target itself to gain advantage over the opponents.
- Much of a muchness: Very similar.
- Mumbo jumbo: Nonsense
- Mum’s the word: Speak nothing.
Please read the other parts of the series and voice your comments.
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