List of animal idioms beginning with M and meanings
How does the list works?
There are 3 parts to each idioms the first part is what the idiom is, then an explanation of what it means and the last part is an example of how to use it in a sentence.
How do I use the list of animal idioms A to Z?
To use the list of idioms click on each letter of the alphabet to get the list of the animal idioms for that letter.
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Animal idioms beginning with M
make a monkey out of (someone)
- to make someone look foolish
My friend made a monkey out of me when he started arguing with me in front of my boss.
make a mountain out of a molehill
- to make something that is unimportant seem important
You are making a mountain out of a molehill when you talk about the mistake.
make a silk purse out of a sow's ear
- to create something of value from something of no value
You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. There is no point in trying to teach that woman manners.
monkey around with (someone or something)
- to play with or waste time with someone or something
The boy spent the morning monkeying around with the old radio.
- unethical or illegal activity, mischief
The boy should stop the monkey business and do the job correctly.
a monkey on one's back
- a serious problem that stops someone from being successful at something
Seven games without scoring a goal was a monkey on the back of the famous soccer player.
monkey see, monkey do
- someone copies something that someone else does
It is monkey see, monkey do for the boy. He copies everything that his friend does.
more fun than a barrel of monkeys
- very funny, fun
The children love their teacher because he is more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
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