Phrases

Our database is made from Phrases, Idioms and Sayings that are in common use in English. Basically that includes anything that most people will have heard before and will recognise the meaning of.

  • The many thousands of phrases that are used every day in colloquial speech, like the whole nine yards, go for it and kiss and make up.


  • Cockney Rhyming Slang like apples and pears and currant bun.


  • The list is long and comprehensive and currently contains more than 1,000 entries. We continuously add new phrases as they become known and as a subscriber you will also have the option of sending them to us.

    Whether you want to resolve a friendly argument over how a saying or phrase originated or whether you just enjoy words, you'll probably find something here to interest you. Are you a professional writer? If so, you may find that these Pages could make your life easier.

    This is the largest collection of Phrases beginning with M.



  • As mad as a March hare

  • As mad as a hatter

  • Mad as a hatter : 2

  • Magical Realism

  • Main Chance

  • Make a bee-line for

  • Make a virtue of necessity

  • Make Both Ends Meet

  • Make Haste

  • Make Him an offer he can't refuse

  • Make Money hand over fist

  • Make My Day

  • Make No Bones About It

  • Make No Bones About It : 2

  • Makes your hair stand on end

  • Making Hay

  • Mal de mer

  • A man after my own heart

  • Many are called but few are chosen

  • Man does not live by bread alone

  • Man Up

  • Man's Inhumanity to Man

  • Many a true word is spoken in jest

  • Many Happy Returns

  • Marital Aid

  • Mark My Words

  • Market Forces

  • Marry in Haste, repent at leisure

  • May you live in interesting times

  • The Real McCoy

  • Mea Culpa

  • It is Meat and Drink to me

  • Meat and Two Vegetables

  • Meet Your Waterloo

  • Men in Suits

  • Ménage à trois

  • Mend Fences

  • Men's Evil Manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water

  • Merry Christmas

  • A Mickey Finn

  • A Mexican Wave

  • Middle of The Road

  • Might and Main

  • The Pen is mightier than the sword

  • Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

  • Milk of human kindness

  • Minced Oath

  • Mind your own Beeswax

  • Mind your P's and Q's

  • Mind your P's and Q's : 2

  • A Ministering Angel shall my sister be

  • Misery Acquaints a man with strange bedfellows

  • Well-Known Misquotations

  • Moaning Minnie

  • Mondegreens

  • Monkey Business

  • Monkey's Uncle

  • Montezuma's Revenge

  • The Full Monty

  • Moot Point

  • Morbid Obesity

  • More honoured in the breach than in the observance

  • More Fool You

  • Morning Person

  • Mother Country

  • Mouth-Watering

  • A Moveable Feast

  • The Moving Finger Writes

  • Moving The Goalposts

  • Much ado about nothing

  • Much of a muchness

  • Music has charms to soothe the savage breast

  • Your Name is Mud

  • A Multitude of Sins

  • Mumbo Jumbo

  • Mum's The Word

  • Mutt and Jeff

  • The Mutt's Nuts

  • My Bad

  • My Better Half

  • My cup runneth over

  • My Husband and I

  • My Giddy Aunt

  • My Giddy Aunt : 2

  • My Mind's Eye

  • My Old China

  • My Old Dutch

  • My Salad Days

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