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[Make after somebody].- (insep) When you make after somebody
or an animal, you chase them.
- They made after
him but couldn't catch him.
- The dog made
after the cat but it managed to escape by climbing a tree.
Make away.- (insep) When criminals make
away, they escape. Make off
- They managed to make away after
Make away with [Make away with something].- (insep) (jewels,
money) When criminals make away with something, they steal it and take
it away. Make off with
- They made away with the stolen jewels.
Make for.- 1 (insep) When you make for a place, you move towards a place, usu. in a hurry. Head for
- They made for the door.
made for the toilet as soon as we got home.
When something makes for something else, it produces or contributes to it in some
- The minister's speech makes for greater optimism.
- His constant lies don't make for a good
- His brilliant explanation
makes for a better understanding of the whole issue.
[Make into something].- When you make something into something else, you change it into something
- The idea is to make the building into flats.
(insep) When you make off, you leave a place in a hurry.
the guard, the thief made off with the money and the guard's gun.
Make out.- (insep)
When you make out something, you pretend something is true.
made out he was an expert in the field but it was clear he didn't know
what he was talking about.
Make out [Make something out].- 1 When you
make something out, you manage to understand or see it.
couldn't quite make out the writing on the package.
2 (cheque, bill, tax return, shopping list) When you make something out out, you write or complete it. Write out
- Please make out the cheque to CMM Intelligence Ltd.
Make up [Make something up].- When
you make something up, you invent it.
- The story she
told you wasn't true. She just made it up.
Measure up to [Measure up to something].-
(insep) (standard, description, expectations,
responsibilities) When somebody or something measures up to something, they reach
or fulfill something or are as good as something else.
- Never mind that he won the Pulitzer and the Nobel. He just doesn't measure up to the giants of his time - Faulkner, Hemingway and Fitzgerald.
Mess about.- (insep)
When you mess about, you waste your time doing something silly or not
doing anything at all. muck
- It was bliss just messing
about, eating, exploring and, most important of all, talking.
Mess up [Mess up, mess something up].- (insep)
When you mess something up, you do it badly or break it.
was so bad that, when the surgeon admitted he'd messed up on my nose
and wanted to fix it again, I said no way.
Mix up [Mix somebody up].- When
you mix somebody up with somebody else, you mix their identities. Mix up, muddle up, jumble up
the bank had mixed him up with another customer who had the same surname
Mix up [Mix something up].- 1 When you mix things up, you confuse
them. Muddle up
- I was supposed to see my counselor on Saturday, but I mixed up the times and its actually this coming Saturday.
2 When you mix things up, you, mix them together.
- First, you should mix up a little packet of yeast with one cup of warm water.
Move away.- (insep)
When you move away, you leave a place to live somewhere else.
had a crush on her, but she moved away during the semester and I never
got to see her ever again.
Move in.- (insep)
When you move in, you start living in a new house.
- There had been reports they had moved in together,
but it isn't true.
- I was dreading telling
my dad I was moving in with Paul.
can move in when you've paid the deposit.
Move on.- (insep)
When you move on, you leave something behind or stop doing something
and so something else instead.
- Come on, it's all history now. It's time we all
- Lee has now moved on to work
for a small tech company that makes routers or something like that.
Move out.- (insep)
When you move out, you stop living in a particular place and start living
- He used to share a flat with Bill
but they argued a lot so he moved out.
- She lost contact with her childhood friends when she moved out of the
Muck about.- (insep)
When you muck about, you waste your time doing something silly or not
doing anything at all. muck
- Since I spend all day in work doing serious stuff
with computers it's a joy to just muck about when at home.
Muck in.- (insep)
When you muck in, you give a hand.
- Prince William is reaching the end of 10 weeks of voluntary work in remote Patagonia,
earning the respect of his peers by mucking in with the rest.
Muddle up [Muddle something up].- When you muddle something or somebody up, you confuse them. Mix up
got muddled up between you and your twin sister and did not realise
we'd made a mistake until it was too late.
Mull over [Mull something over].- (decision, things, question,
suggestion, issue) When you mull something over, you think about it
or discuss it very carefully. Chew
over, think over
- Company executives
are mulling over what to do with the contaminated building.