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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

Alphabetical List of Idioms - M, page 8
from: 'money talks'   to: 'more heat than light''

  • money talks
    • The expression money talks means that people with a lot of money have power and influence.
      "The owner is a millionaire and he's influential - money talks!"

  • take the money and run
    • This expression means that you should be satisfied with what you have earned or achieved, or accept a good proposal and not try for better.
      "My father was offered a good price for his house and was hesitating. I thought he might have to wait a long time for a better offer, so I said “Take the money and run!"

  • throw money at something
    • If you throw money at something, you try to solve a problem by spending money on it, without using any other methods.
      "The refugee problem cannot be solved just by throwing money at it."

  • throw good money after bad
    • Someone who spends additional money on something that was already considered a bad investment is said to throw good money after bad.
      "Buying a second-hand computer and then spending money to have it repaired is throwing good money after bad!"

  • get your money's worth
    • If you get your money's worth, you receive good value for the amount of money you spend.
      "We bought a travel pass to use the public transport system and we really got our money's worth."

  • (a) monkey on your back
    • If you have a monkey on your back you are burdened with a persistent problem that is making your life difficult or unpleasant and is hard to solve.
      "My failure to find sponsors for the project was a monkey on my back for a long time. The contract signed today got rid of that ! The monkey is finally off my back !"

  • monkey business
    • An activity which is organised in a deceitful or dishonest way is called monkey business.
      "The results announced seem suspicious - I think there's some monkey business going on."

  • (a) month of Sundays
    • This expression is an amusing way of referring to a very long period of time.
      "I haven't been to the theatre in a month of Sundays."

  • over the moon
    • If you are over the moon about something, you are very happy about it.
      "When she heard the results of the exam, Caroline was over the moon!"

  • once in a blue moon
    • Something that happens once in a blue moon happens rarely or hardly ever.
      "She doesn't contact us very often. We hear from her once in a blue moon!"

  • reach for the moon
    • If you reach for the moon, you are very ambitious and try to achieve something even it it is difficult.
      "Jenny is talented and ambitious; she always tends to reach for the moon."

  • moonlight flit
    • Someone who does a moonlight flit leaves a place quickly and in secret, usually to avoid paying debts.
      "Just before the rent was due he did a moonlight flit."

  • moot point
    • A subject which gives rise to argument or debate is called a moot point.
      "Whether Bach composed it himself or not is a moot point among musicians."

  • more by accident than (by) design
    • Something which happens more by accident than (by) design is done without deliberate intention.
      "I became an interpreter more by accident than design; nobody else could speak the language of the refugees."

  • more fun than a barrel of monkeys
    • If something is very amusing or enjoyable, you can say that it is more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
      "The TV quiz was more fun than a barrel of monkeys!"

  • more heat than light
    • If a discussion or debate generates more heat than light , it causes anger or intense reaction but doesn't clarify anything.
      "The meeting that was held to discuss the problem generated more heat than light!"

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