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meet someone halfway

iemand tegemoet komen

if you meet someone halfway, you accept some of their ideas and make concessions

meet your expectations

aan de verwachting voldoen

when something is as as good as you thought it would be

meet your match

je gelijke ontmoeten

meet a person who is at least as good if not better than you

melting pot

smeltkroes

a melting pot is a place where people from many ethnicities live together

memory like a sieve

geheugen als een vergiet

if somebody can't remember things and quickly forgets

memory like an elephant

geheugen als een olifant

when a person has a very good memory indeed

millstone round your neck

blok aan je been

a millstone around your neck is a problem that prevents you from doing what you want to do

mince words

de boel verdraaien

if people mince their words, they don't say what they really mean clearly

mind your own beeswax

let op je eigen zaken

people should mind their own business

mind your p's and q's

je goed gedragen

when you are careful about the way you behave and are polite

mint condition

in prima conditie

if something is in mint condition, it is in perfect condition

misery guts

chagrijn

a misery guts is a person who's always unhappy and tries to make others feel negative

miss the boat

de boot missen

if you miss the boat, you are too late to take advantage of an opportunity

money burns a hole in your pocket

geld brandt in je zak

be eager to spend money, normally in a wasteful manner

money doesn`t grow on trees

geld groeit niet op mijn rug

you have to work to earn money; it doesn't come without effort

money laundering

geld witwassen

get illegal money into the mainstream so that it is believed to be legitimate and clean

money to burn

geld genoeg hebben

if someone is very rich, they have money to burn

monkey business

kattenkwaad

behave naughtily or mischievously this is the same as 'monkeying around'

monkey see, monkey do

na-apen

children will learn their behaviour by copying what they see around them

more haste, less speed

haastige spoed is zelden goed

the faster you try to do something, the more likely you are to make mistakes

more holes than swiss cheese

deugt van geen kanten

if something has more holes than a swiss cheese, it is incomplete

more than meets the eye

meer dan het lijkt

when something is more complex or difficult than it appears

more than one way to skin a cat

meerdere wegen leiden naar rome

there are different ways of achieving the same thing

move heaven and earth

hemel en aarde bewegen

be determined to get a job done in spite of all odds

move mountains

bergen verzetten

if you would move mountains to do something, you would make any effort

move the goalposts

De lat verleggen

change the standards required for something to your advantage

mover and shaker

een belangrijk persoon

a key figure in their particular area with a lot of influence and importance

much ado about nothing

veel gedoe om niets

if there's a lot of fuss about something trivial, there's much ado about nothing

much ado about nothing

een hoop gedoe om niks

make a lot of fuss about something which is not important

muck or nettles

alles of niets

muck or nettles' means 'all or nothing'