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make the fur fly

make the fur fly or make the feathers fly  {v. phr.},  {informal}
Say or write mean things about someone or to jump on and fight hard.
A man fooled Mr. Black and got his money. Mr. Black will really make the fur fly when he finds the man.
Mrs. Baker's dog dug holes in her neighbor's garden. The neighbor really made the fur fly when she saw Mrs. Baker.
Categories:informal verb

marked man

marked man  {n. phr.}
A man whose behavior has made him the object of suspicion; a man whose life may be in danger.
When Dave dared to criticize the dictator openly, he became a marked man.

marry money

marry money  {v. phr.}
To marry a rich person.
Ellen married money when she became Hal's wife.
Categories:money verb


mastermind  {v.}
To create; direct; invent the central plan for several individuals to follow.
Lenin masterminded the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia.

matter of fact

matter of fact  {n. phr.}
Something that is really true; something that can be proved.
The town records showed that it was a matter of fact that the two boys were brothers.
It is a matter of fact that the American war against England was successful.
- Often used for emphasis in the phrase "as a matter of fact".
I didn't go yesterday, and as a matter of fact, I didn't go all week.
Mary wasn't wearing a blue dress. As a matter of fact, she hasn't got a blue dress.
Categories:emphasis noun

matter of opinion

matter of opinion  {n. phr.}
Something that may or may not be true; something that people do not all agree on.
Whether or not he was a good general is a matter of opinion.


matter-of-fact  {adj.}
1. Simply telling or showing the truth; not explaining or telling more.
The newspaper gave a matter-of-fact account of the murder trial.
2. Showing little feeling or excitement or trouble; seeming not to care much.
When Mary's father died she acted in a very matter-of-fact way.
He was a very matter-of-fact person.
Categories:adjective feelings

on a dime

on a dime  {adv. phr.},  {informal}
In a very small space.
Bob can turn that car on a dime.
Tom says his new sports car will stop on a dime.
Categories:adverb informal

take a joke

take a joke  {v. phr.}
Accept in good spirit some derision directed at oneself.
My brother has a good sense of humor when teasing others, but he cannot take a joke on himself.

take a hint

take a hint  {v. phr.}
To understand an allusion or a suggestion and behave accordingly.
"I don't like people who smoke," she said. "Can't you take a hint and either quit smoking or seeing me?"
Categories:behave verb