Idioms beginning with M. Select an idiom for more details.

a matter of life and death

If something is a matter of life and death, it's extremely important and it could involve someone's survival.

a means to an end

You can say something is a means to an end if it's the way to reach a goal, or the way to achieve something.

a mixed blessing

You can say something is a mixed blessing if it seems to be good, but in fact has bad effects as well as good effects.

made of money

If you are made of money, you have lots of money.

make a killing

If you make a killing, you make a lot of money from a sale or a deal of some sort.

make a mountain out of a molehill

If you make a mountain out of a molehill, you make a small problem seem to be a much bigger problem.

make a song and dance about something British English

If you make a song and dance about something, you make a big deal out of, or a fuss over, something that isn't very important.

make ends meet

If you make ends meet, you earn just enough to pay for a place to live and your daily expenses.

make hay while the sun shines

If you make hay while the sun shines, you make good use of the chance to do something while it lasts.

make the most of

If you make the most of something, you get as much as possible from it.

make up your mind

If you make up your mind, you make a decision.

make yourself at home

If you make yourself at home, you relax and feel comfortable in someone else's home.

meet someone halfway

If you meet someone halfway, you compromise with them and agree to some of their demands, but not all of them, in order to come to an agreement.

meet your match

If you meet your match, you meet someone who can do as well as you, or better than you, in something that you're good at.

mend your ways

If you mend your ways, you improve your behaviour and stop doing things that cause trouble.


If something is middle-of-the-road, it'll appeal to the majority of people and not be radical or challenging.

Mind your own business! INFORMAL

If you say "Mind your own business!" to someone, you're telling them to stop interfering in things that don't concern them, or to stop asking personal questions.

miss the point

If you miss the point of something you hear or read, you don't understand what it really means.

more often than not

If something happens more often than not, it happens quite often, but not all the time.

more than meets the eye

You can say there's more to something than meets the eye if it's more complex, more important or more interesting than it seems at first.

much ado about nothing

If you say something is much ado about nothing, you think it's an overreaction to something that shouldn't have caused so much trouble.

much of a muchness INFORMAL

If two or more things are much of a muchness, they are very similar to each other.

mumbo jumbo

If you describe what someone says or writes as mumbo jumbo, you think it doesn't make sense or it's not clear because it's too complex.

music to your ears

If something is music to your ears, it's just what you want to hear.

the middle of nowhere

If a place is in the middle of nowhere, it's far from where most people live.

the moment of truth

The moment of truth is a time when the truth about something is revealed, or when an important decision is made.

the movers and shakers

You can say people are the movers and shakers in a place or a situation if they are the ones with the power to make decisions.

Contributor: Matt Errey