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Can't Make Heads Or Tails Out Of Someone Or Something »
(do not understand it at all; it does not make sense to one...)

Not Able To Make Anything Out Of Someone Or »
(don't understand it at all...)

They Don't Make Them Like They Used To »
(Products are not built as well today as they were in the past...)

Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right »
(it is never right to do wrong to another person...)

You Can Lead A Horse To Water, But You Can't Make It Drink »
(you can show people how do do things, but people must help themselves...)

A Card »
(a joker; one who tells many jokes and needs to make people laugh...)

A Little Knowledge Is A Dangerous Thing »
(people who have only a little knowledge about something often make big mistakes because they think they know more than they actually know...)

A Rush On Something »
(try to make it go faster; hurry...)

Acknowledge Receipt Of It »
(make a record to confirm that one received it...)

Arrange To Do Something With Someone »
(make a plan with that person...)

Back To The Drawing Board »
(make new plans and start again from the very beginning...)

Balance The Books »
(make sure the money spent is not more than the money earned...)

Bending Over Backwards »
(make an extra effort; try extra hard to do it...)

Bring Home The Bacon »
(make money to support the family...)

Buck Up »
(feel better; make another feel better...)

Build Castles In The Air »
(tell unreal stories and make plans based on fantasy...)

Building You Up »
(saying things to make you look good or feel good...)

Call The Shots »
(make the decisions for oneself and others...)

Cast One's Vote »
(vote; make a selection...)

Cause A Commotion »
(make a lot of noise and be noticed by others or bother others...)

Cause A Stir »
(cause people to look and ask questions or make comments...)

Cause Some Eyebrows To Raise »
(make people wonder what you are doing or ask why...)

Checks And Balances »
(protections to make sure mistakes are not being made...)

Cheer Someone Up »
(do something to make a person feel better...)

Chew The Fat »
(talk casually and make conversation...)

Dirty One's Hands »
(one is not innocent any more; one has done something to make one guilty...)

Divide And Conquer »
(make sure that one's enemy is not able to organize, then defeat the disorganized opponents...)

Divide Something Fifty Fifty »
(make sure that each side gets an equal share...)

Do Someone's Heart Good »
(doing that will make the person feel better...)

Don't Count Your Chickens (Until They've Hatched) »
(don't make plans based on uncertain events...)

Follow Up On Something »
(check on something at a later time; make sure that it is being done...)

Force Someone To The Wall »
(force a person to make a decision that they did not want to make...)

Foul Someone Or Something Up »
(make a mistake and ruin something...)

Foul Up »
(make a big error...)

Go Out With Someone »
(go on a date with that person; make a plan and spend time with one...)

Go Through Channels »
(talk to the people responsible to make the decision...)

Haste Makes Waste »
(if you do things too quickly, you make mistakes which are costly...)

Have A Go At Something »
(try it; make an effort...)

I'm Jacked Up »
(lift that person up; make that person feel excited and full of energy; energize...)

Jazz It Up »
(make it more interesting and exciting; add something to make it more lively, colorful, fun...)

Laying Down The Law »
(make the rules that others must follow; be strict; say what the others must do...)

Pie In The Sky »
(a big idea which is impossible to make real...)

Preaching To The Choir »
(trying to make believers out of people who already believe...)

Sage Advice »
(a wise suggestion; a person who knows a lot would make this suggestion...)

Scale Something Down »
(make the plan smaller; do something less difficult...)

Shape Someone Up »
(make that one stronger and healthier...)

Shed Some Light On Something »
(make it easier to understand...)

Sink Or Swim »
(a situation where one will either make a great effort, or fail...)

Sit On The Fence »
(be unsure of which choice to make; not decide...)

Slip Up »
(make a mistake; err in a way that causes one to fall...)

Take A Powder »
(when one goes to a dressing room to put on her make-up...)

Take Great Pains To Do Something »
(make a very true effort; try hard...)

Talk Turkey »
(saying things that don't make sense...)

The Best Laid Schemes Of Mice And Men »
(good plans can go bad; big plans that people make and fill with hopes and dreams...)

The Squeaky Wheel Gets The Oil »
(you have to make noise if you want to get things done...)

The Squeeky Wheel Gets The Oil »
(you have to make noise if you want to get things done...)

Throw One's Voice »
(make it sound as if one's voice is coming from a different place...)

To Err Is Human, To Forgive Divine »
(when people do things wrong we should try hard to forgive them because all people make mistakes...)

We Aim To Please »
(the goal is too make customers happy...)

Whip Something Into Shape »
(make one strong and ready to face a challenge...)

Woe Is Me »
(Often said to make fun of someone who is feeling sorry for himself...)

Work Wonders With Someone Or Something »
(Make a big improvement...)

Write Someone Or Something Up »
(Make an official document of what happened or what someone did wrong...)

You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover »
(don't make judgments based only on appearances...)

You Can't Please Everyone »
(It is not possible for one's actions to make everyone happy all of the time...)



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