American Idioms and Expressions

Make Out (something) Idiom

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make out (something)
What does make out (something) mean?
understand something by making an effortI can never make out what my friend wants to say when he phones me.
make out (something)
What does make out (something) mean?
distinguish/identify something, manage to see or read somethingThe ship captain could not make out the name of the other boat because of the fog.
make out (something)
What does make out (something) mean?
make someone believe something, prove somethingHe made out that he was at the library last night but I know that he wasn`t.

Some Random Idioms
cop an attitude
What does "cop an attitude" mean?
be oppositional or defiant. Don't cop an attitude with me, it won't work.
run into (someone)
What does "run into (someone)" mean?
to meet someone by chanceI ran into my cousin when I was at the supermarket.
pay the piper
What does "pay the piper" mean?
face the consequences for something you've done. "I stayed up too late tonight. Tomorrow I'll have topay the piper."
ears are burning
What does "ears are burning" mean?
someone is talking about you when you are not thereMy ears are burning and I am sure that someone is talking about me.
time is money
What does "time is money" mean?
time is valuable and wasting time is like wasting money"Time is money," the angry customer said as he waited for a long time at the car rental counter.
Proclaim it from the rooftops
What does "Proclaim it from the rooftops" mean?
If something is proclaimed from the rooftops, it is made as widely known and as public as possible.
brains behind (something)
What does "brains behind (something)" mean?
the person/people who thought of and developed a successful plan/system/organizationThe president of our company is the brains behind the plans to develop the new audio product.
Pull the fat from the fire
What does "Pull the fat from the fire" mean?
If you pull the fat from the fire, you help someone in a difficult situation.
totally
What does "totally" mean?
absolutely; completely; entirely
get somebody's motor running
What does "get somebody's motor running" mean?
excite somebody; make somebody enthusiastic or sexually aroused
ER
What does "ER" mean?
Emergency Room - the place in a hospital which deals with emergency situations Emergency Room - the place in a hospital which deals with emergency situationsThe victims of the accident were quickly taken to the ER.

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