(One’s first speech) – Mehreen’s maiden speech was a complete failure. She cut a sorry figure by forgetting her points.
Make a bolt for it
(Run away suddenly) – The prisoners made a bolt for it when the guard wasn’t looking.
Make a clean breast of
(To make full confession) – The judge will give the convict a lighter sentence if he makes a clean breast of his involvement. (ii) She resolved to make a clean breast of it before she died.
Make a clean sweep
(To get rid of everything unnecessary or unwanted) – The new manager made a clean sweep of all the lazy people in the department.
Make a fool of
(Trick him) – You certainly made a fool of him by giving him the old book as new.
Make a scene
(Create an embarrassing situation by displaying emotion) – He made a scene in the bar because his friend was drinking too much.
(To do something to improve the situation after doing something wrong, stupid etc.) – He gave her a present to make amends for his rudeness.
Make eyes at
(Look lovingly at) – She saw her husband making eyes at another girl.
Make one’s mark
(Become distinguished) – She has made her mark in writing poetry.
Make someone’s blood run cold
(To frighten or horrify (someone) very much) – The terrible scream made her blood run cold.
Make up one’s mind
(Decide) I can’t make up my mind whether to spend the vacation at home or in Abbotabad.
(Compromise) – The employees wanted all their demands to be met. The management eventually met halfway by accepting three fourths of their demands.
Neat as a pin
(Very neat and tidy) – Everything was as neat as a pin in the house.
Neck and neck
(keen and close; close together of two competitors in a contest) – If newcomers were to bring in the system of neck-and-neck trading.
Never say die
(Don’t despair) – Tell him I bid him never say die.
Now and then
(Occasionally; from time to time) – Now and then a car passed; otherwise the two of us were all by ourselves walking the moonlight.
Null and void
(Ineffective) – The Supreme Court has declared our state’s law on land holding null and void.
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