MAKE! English Idioms using ‘MAKE’

We use the word ‘make’ in its different forms VERY often and it is very confusing. I hope this video lesson and the notes below will help you to understand.

LINK TO VIDEO LESSON

Make a killing. This has nothing to do with violence! It means to make some money fast!

Make your mouth water: when you see food that looks delicious, it majkes your mouth water.

Make your blood boil: when something or someone has made you very angry you say that it ‘made my blood boil’.

 

Make up you mind: to make a decision. When someone is very undecided we say ‘make up your mind’

 

Make eyes at: this is a mild sort of flirting! It’s like eyes meeting across a crowded room. If you like someone you may ‘make eyes at them’

 

Made my day: when something happens that makes you really happy. If you see a friend that you haven’t seen for a long time. If your boss praises you or gives you a rise. If you bump into a celebrity. It ‘makes your day’.

 

Makeup: makeup can be a noun. It is a collective noun for beauty products like mascara and lipstick. ‘I put on my makeup every morning.’

Make-up: when two people have quarrelled they can ‘make-up’ and become friends again.

 

Make from scratch: when you make something from basic materials. For example ‘ I made a cake from scratch’ means I used flour and eggs and butter. I didn’t use a cake mix.

 

Make the bed: it is what you do every morning. It means to straighten the bedclothes.

 

Make a call: to hone someone

 

Make it in time : to get somewhere in time. Eg. ‘I hope I get to the airport in time ‘ can be said like this: ‘ I hope I make it to the airport in time.’

 

Makeover: this usually applies to females. It’s similar to a car having a service! It refers to having a giving our makeup and hair, and sometimes our clothes, a completely new (and hopefully better) look!

There are more but these are the most common.

Tenses

Present. Past. Future

I am making. I made. I am going to make /I will make

You are making You made. You are going to make/ You will make

He/she/it is making. He made. He/She/It is going to make

We are making. We made. We are going to make.

They are making. They made. They are going to make.

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