Important Idioms, Phrases & Phrasal Verbs Starting With Letter ‘M’

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

In this post, we are sharing important idioms, phrase and phrasal verbs which starts with the letter ‘M’. Understand the below-mentioned idioms, phrases and phrasal verbs with their meanings and usage to score well in the English Section of exams!

Important Idioms, Phrases & Phrasal Verb with Letter ‘M’

1. Mad as a hatter

Meaning – someone who is very strange or insane/ Crazy or deranged; particularly eccentric. 

Meaning (Hindi) –

Example –  The old lady became mad as a hatter because of all the horrible things she saw some years back.

2. Make a beeline for something

Meaning – to hurry directly towards something

Meaning (Hindi) –   जल्दी से किसी की ओर जाना

Example –  Children were so hot and thirsty after playing the football that they made a beeline for the water.

3. Make the best of things  

Meaning – to react in a positive way to an unsatisfactory situation that you cannot change and do the best you can with it.

Meaning (Hindi) –  असंतोषजनक स्थिति में  सकारात्मक तरीके से प्रतिक्रिया देना और सर्वोत्तम संभव तरीके से निपटना

Example – The apartment was badly located, but the rent was low, so they decided to stay there and make the best of things.

4. Make one’s blood run cold 

Meaning – To cause one to feel frightened or unnerved/Something or someone that shocks or scares you a lot. 

Meaning (Hindi) – हाथ-पैर ठंडे पड़ना

Example –  That gruesome scene in the new horror movie made our blood run cold.

5. Make no bones about something

Meaning –  to say something in a frank and open way without hesitating/To be transparent about something, without any equivocation

Meaning (Hindi) –    ज़रा भी नहीं हिचकिचाना

Example –  The Prime Minister makes no bones about having come from a poor family.

6. Make the cut

Meaning – to reach a required standard or succeed in passing from one round of a competition to another.

Meaning (Hindi) –  एक आवश्यक मानक तक पहुंचने के लिए किसी प्रतियोगिता के एक दौर से दूसरे में जाकर सफल होना

Example – After intensive training of two years, Riya made the cut and joined the cricket team.

7. Make your ears burn

Meaning – to feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, or disconcerted by hearing something

Meaning (Hindi) –  कुछ सुनकर शर्मिंदा होना

Example –  When the result came, listening to the comments of my aunts and uncles made my ears burn. 

8. Make ends meet 

Meaning – If you find it difficult to pay for your everyday needs because you have very little money, it is hard for you to make ends meet.

Meaning (Hindi) –   गुजारा करना

Example – Rakesh’s salary is so low that he finds hard to make ends meet in a metro city.

9. Make someone flesh creep 

Meaning – to horrified someone

Meaning (Hindi) –  भयभीत करना 

Example – The flood scenes of the city made my flesh creep.

10. Make a living

Meaning –  To earn enough income to support oneself

Meaning (Hindi) – जीविका अर्जित करना   

Example –  It is hard to make a living just by selling toys.

11. Make headway

Meaning –  To do progress 

Meaning (Hindi) –  प्रगति करना 

Example – India has made a headway in the field of science.

12.  Make off with something

Meaning –  to steal something

Meaning (Hindi) –  कुछ चुराना 

Example –  Somebody broke into the shop and made off with several TVs.

13. Make someone out

Meaning – Understand 

Meaning (Hindi) – समझाना 

Example – I can’t make out this letter.

14.  Man of parts

Meaning – Multispeciality personality 

Meaning (Hindi) –  बहुतायत व्यक्तित्व

Example – Sr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam is a man of parts. He is not only a statesman but also a great scientist.

15. Man of Straw

Meaning –  Seemingly useless 

Meaning (Hindi) –  बेकार

Example – Pawan is not a man of straw; even the governor of the state consults him on important matters.

16. Maove out

Meaning – Vacate 

Meaning (Hindi) –  बाहर निकलना, खाली करना  

Example –  The crowd started to maove out of the area about midnight.

17.  Mean Business

Meaning –  Be serious/To be grave and resolute; to be serious about what one is promising or proposing to do

Meaning – गंभीर और दृढ़ करना 

Example: The manager sounded like she means business, so you better complete this project on time.

18. Meet halfway

Meaning –  To compromise/To compromise with someone, often in an argument or disagreement.

Meaning – समझौता करन ा, अक्सर एक तर्क या असहमति में

Example -: I‘ll agree to some of your requests if you’ll meet me halfway and allow me to implement some of my ideas.

19. Mess about/around

Meaning – behave in a silly or playful way.

Meaning (Hindi): एक मूर्ख या चंचल तरीके से व्यवहार करना 

Example -: Few last-minute changes messed around our dream trip.

20.  Miss Out

Meaning –  To lose the chance or opportunity to do or experience something

Meaning (Hindi) –  कुछ करने या अनुभव करने का अवसर खोना  

Example -:  Because I was so sick last week, I missed out on the chance to see my sister while she was in town.

21. Move in on

Meaning – approach, especially so as to take action.

Meaning (Hindi)- संपर्क करना, विशेष रूप से कार्रवाई करने के लिए

Example -: The police are beginning to move in on their principal suspects.

22. Muck up

Meaning –  to do something badly and fail to achieve goal.

Meaning (Hindi): गंदगी/ कुछ खराब तरह से करना व लक्ष्य प्राप्त करने में विफल।

Example -:  Rinku went to a job interview today, and he thinks he mucked it up being nervous.

23. Mum’s the word 

Meaning – To keep something secret

Meaning (Hindi): चुप्पी साधना

Example -: I don’t want to spoil the surprise for the little boy so please tell everyone that mum’s the word.

23. Muddle through

Meaning – to succeed in doing something even though you haven’t got the skills or equipment usually needed.

Meaning (Hindi) – सफल होना

Example -: Our coach was sick, so I had to train the team myself. I’d never done it before but I muddled through somehow and it wasn’t too bad. 

25. Mull Over

Meaning –to think carefully about something before making a decision

Meaning (Hindi) – निर्णय लेने से पहले विचार करना

Example -:  Before deciding which job to accept, she said she needed a couple of days to mull over her options.

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