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Make after [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 all.

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.
  • He made for the toilet as soon as we got home.

2 (insep) When something makes for something else, it produces or contributes to it in some way.

  • The minister's speech makes for greater optimism.
  • His constant lies don't make for a good relationship.
  • His brilliant explanation makes for a better understanding of the whole issue.

Make into [Make into something].- When you make something into something else, you change it into something else. Turn into

  • The idea is to make the building into flats.

Make off.- (insep) When you make off, you leave a place in a hurry.

  • Overpowering 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.

  • He 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.

  • I 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 about

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Unfortunately, the bank had mixed him up with another customer who had the same surname and initials.

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.

  • I 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.
  • You 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 moved on.
  • 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 somewhere else.

  • 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 area.

Muck about.- (insep) When you muck about, you waste your time doing something silly or not doing anything at all. muck about

  • 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

  • We 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.
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