Phrasal Verb M

  • magic away|Make something disappear quickly|He MAGICKED the bill AWAY and paid for us all before I could get my wallet out.|_
  • make after|Chase|The police MADE AFTER the stolen car.|_
  • make away with|Steal|The thieves MADE AWAY WITH the painting.|_
  • make do with|Accept something less satisfactory because there’s no alternative|There’s no coffee, so we’ll have to MAKE DO WITH tea.|_
  • make for|Head in a certain direction|We MADE FOR home when it started raining.|1
  • make into|Change something into something else|Many churches have been MADE INTO flats in recent years.|_
  • make it|Arrive or get a result|I thought you weren’t coming, so I was really pleased you MADE IT.|1
  • make it up to|Try to compensate for doing something wrong|He tried to MAKE IT UP TO her, but she wouldn’t speak to him.|_
  • make of|Understand or have an opinion|What do you MAKE OF your new boss?|_
  • make off|Leave somewhere in a hurry|They MADE OFF when they heard the police siren.|1
  • make off with|Steal|Thieves MADE OFF WITH over a million dollars in the robbery.|_
  • make out|Make a cheque payable to somebody|Please MAKE the cheque OUT to RGM Productions Ltd.|1
  • make over|Change appearance|The beauty salon gave her a MAKEOVER before the party.|1
  • make towards|Head in the direction|We MADE TOWARDS the centre.|_
  • make up|Stop being angry with someone|They are always arguing, but they MAKE UP again very quickly.|1
  • make up for|Compensate|I sent her a present to try to MAKE UP FOR my appalling behaviour.|_
  • make up to|Increase a sum received to a higher figure|The charity collected £24,517.57, and the anonymous donor MADE the total UP TO £25,000’|_
  • make with|Give (usually used as an imperative)|MAKE WITH the money you owe me.|_
  • man down|Behave without courage or conviction|He MANNED DOWN and didn’t come with us.|_
  • man up|Behave with courage or conviction|She told her anonymous critics to MAN UP and speak publicly.|_
  • mark down|Give a student a lower grade for a particular reason|Students who gave obviously rehearsed answers were MARKED DOWN, while those who spoke naturally were rewarded accordingly.|1
  • mark down as|Consider someone or something to be of a certain group, type, etc.|I MARKED them DOWN AS conservatives, but they’re very liberal.|_
  • mark off|Tick, cross out or otherwise mark something to show that it has been dealt with|I MARKED OFF the items on the list as I finished them.|1
  • mark out|Draw lines to enclose an area|They MARKED OUT the pitch.|1
  • mark out for|Show promise for the future|His dedication MARKED him OUT FOR great things.|_
  • mark out from|Stand out because of certain qualities|Her speed MARKS her OUT FROM the rest of the group.|_
  • mark up|Increase the price of something|They MARK the goods UP by 25% before they sell them.|1
  • marry in|Marry someone of the same ethnicity, religion, etc|Many religions encourage their followers to MARRY IN.|_
  • marry off|Find a husband or wife for someone, especially your children|They MARRIED her OFF to a rich friend.|_
  • marry out|Marry someone of a different ethnicity, religion, etc|Her parents disowned her and refused to speak to her when she MARRIED OUT.|_
  • marry up|Match, correspond|The two lists did not MARRY UP.|_
  • mash up|Crush something until it becomes a paste|He MASHED UP some bananas for the dessert.|_
  • max out|Take something to the limit, reach a limit|She MAXED OUT her credit cards.|1
  • measure against|Evaluate or judge by comparison|The work doesn’t look good if you MEASURE it AGAINST what our competitors have done.|_
  • measure off|Measure something and mark the point where it ends or will be cut|The tailor MEASURED OFF the material for my suit.|_
  • measure out|Measure or weigh the amount needed|He MEASURED OUT the flour for the bread.|1
  • measure up|Find the size of something|The estate agent MEASURED UP all the rooms.|1
  • measure up to|Be good enough or worthy of something|I hope to MEASURE UP TO the confidence you have in me.|_
  • meet up|See someone after making an arrangement|We’re MEETING UP on Friday- I haven’t seen them for ages.|_
  • meet up with|See someone after arranging to meet them|I MET UP WITH her a couple of days ago.|1
  • meet with|Have something happen to you|They MET WITH some problems they hadn’t anticipated.|_
  • melt down|Heat something solid, especially metal, until it becomes liquid|They MELTED the gold statue DOWN and turned it into gold bars.|1
  • mess about|Not be serious, not use something properly|The children were MESSING ABOUT with the TV remote control and broke it.|1
  • mess about with|Have a sexual relationship outside marriage or a permanent relationship|She’s been MESSING ABOUT WITH another guy she knows from work.|_
  • mess around|Not be serious, play with something|I was MESSING AROUND on the internet because I couldn’t be bothered to do any work.|1
  • mess around with|Have a sexual relationship outside marriage or a permanent relationship|He’s been MESSING ABOUT WITH a woman he works with.|_
  • mess over|Treat someone badly|They MESSED her OVER when she applied for the job.|_
  • mess up|Spoil or ruin|They MESSED UP the discussions and the contract fell through.|1
  • mess with|Become involved in something damaging or dangerous|He’s been MESSING WITH cocaine.|_
  • mete out|Give people harsh punishments or treatment|They METED OUT savage penalties to anyone who broke the law.|1
  • mill around|Walk around without going anywhere|There were a lot of people MILLING AROUND waiting for the bus.|1
  • miss out|Not do something enjoyable or rewarding|It’ll be great; you’ll be MISSING OUT if you don’t come.|_
  • miss out on|Lose a chance, fail to achieve|Trudy MISSED OUT ON the promotion.|_
  • mix up|Confuse|I always MIX those two sisters UP because they look so like each other.|1
  • mock up|Make a model of something to show or test it|They MOCKED UP an example to show us what they would look like.|1
  • moggy off|Leave (‘moggie off’ is also used.)|We MOGGIED OFF early.|_
  • monkey around|Not be serious|The police officer told the drunks to stop MONKEYING AROUND and go home quietly.|1
  • mooch about|Spend time doing little or nothing|I MOOCHED ABOUT the whole afternoon because I didn’t feel like working.|_
  • mooch around|Spend time doing little or nothing|I MOOCHED AROUND the house all day.|_
  • mop up|Resolve a problem|He was left to MOP UP the mess after they resigned.|1
  • mope about|Move around being miserable|She didn’t get the job and has been MOPING ABOUT all afternoon.|_
  • mope around|Move around being miserable|He’s been MOPING AROUND since his girlfriend left him.|1
  • mount up|Increase over time|My debts MOUNTED UP while I was at university.|1
  • mouth off|Speak angrily about something|I always get angry and start MOUTHING OFF when the news is on TV.|1
  • move ahead|Make progress, often after a pause or delay|The construction can MOVE AHEAD now that permisson has been granted.|_
  • move along|Tell someone to move from a place|The police told the people watching to MOVE ALONG.|_
  • move away|Leave the area where you have been living|I MOVED AWAY when the factory shut down.|_
  • move away from|Stop doing or using something to change to something different|They’re MOVING AWAY FROM Windows and are using Linux.|_
  • move down|Move a student to a lower level|He was finding the course too difficult so they MOVED him DOWN.|_
  • move in|Start living in a place|The house was empty for ages, but some new tenants MOVED IN a few weeks ago.|1
  • move in on|Approach, often stealthily|As he watched, the hyenas began to MOVE IN ON the hapless wildebeest.|1
  • move into|Start living in a place|They MOVED INTO the house as soon as it was ready.|1
  • move on|Change the subject or your job|She MOVED ON to another company where the salary was considerably better.|1
  • move out|Leave a place you live or work in|She’s tired of living there and is MOVING OUT.|1
  • move towards|Make preparations for something|The government are MOVING TOWARDS free elections.|_
  • move up|Move to make space|Could you MOVE UP and let me sit down?|1
  • muddle along|Continue without a clear aim or plan|If you’re ambitious, you cannot MUDDLE ALONG.|_
  • muddle through|Do or achieve something without knowing what is required or having a plan|We didn’t know what to expect and just MUDDLED THROUGH.|_
  • muddle up|Take things that are ordered or sequenced and mess them up|My cleaner MUDDLED UP my books and I can’t find anything.|_
  • mug up|Study quickly, revise|I have to MUG UP before the exam.|1
  • mug up on|Study something quickly, revise|I need to MUG UP ON my history for the test.|_
  • mull over|Think about an issue or problem|She said that she’d had to MULL IT OVER before deciding what was|1
  • muscle in|Become involved in something when your involvement is not wanted|We tried to exclude him of the committee, but he MUSCLED IN.|_
  • muscle in on|Become involved in something despite opposition to your involvement|She MUSCLED IN ON the deal even though we wanted to do it without her.|_
  • muscle into|Become involved even though there is opposition to your involvement|They are MUSCLING INTO our market and there is very little we can do to stop them.|1
  • muscle out|Use power, contacts, etc, to force someone out|They used their contacts in local government to MUSCLE the competitors OUT.|_

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