– Phrasal-Nouns – Letter M –
(an) Amateur Mistake – This is a slang phrasal noun to describe a mistake which “should not” have been made because it is considered to be far “below” the skill-level or knowledge-level of the person who has made the mistake… “To forget to put gas in the car before heading into the desert, was an *amateur mistake* for such seasoned explorers.”
Background Music – This is a phrasal noun which is commonly used to describe the type of music that is playing, but is not necessarily being “listened to”. For example, when music is playing in an office or in a restaurant… “When going to a restaurant, I think that is it important to have some relaxing *background music*, but at the restaurants in Bulgaria, they play absolutely horrible club music so loud that you can’t even have a conversation with the person sitting next to you!”
(a) Buyer’s Market – This is a term to mean that market conditions favor the person who is doing the buying (i.e. prices are low and sellers are desperate.)
(a) Frame Of Mind – This is a noun phrase noun which refers to: The way in which one is thinking. Usually used with the adjective “right” which precedes this noun phrase… “When you are competing with someone, you should make sure that you are in the right *frame of mind* to win.” – This has the same meaning as the phrasal noun “mind-frame” however this noun phrase is a bit more formal.
(a) Midnight Sale – See: Phrasal Nouns – Letter “S”, for “Sale”
(a) Mind-Frame – This is a phrasal noun which means the same thing as the noun phrase “frame of mind”. It refers to: The way in which one is thinking. Usually used with the adjective “right” which precedes this phrasal noun… “When you are competing with someone, you should make sure that you are in the right *mind-frame* to win.” – This phrasal noun is a bit less formal than the noun phrase “frame of mind”
Movers And Shakers – This is an idiomatic phrasal noun which is used to describe people who are involved in big business and/or have a great amount of influence in whatever field they are in. They “move things around” (business) and “shake things up” (create change).
(a) Seller’s Market – This is a phrasal noun which indicates that the market conditions favour the person doing the selling (i.e. prices are high and buyers are desperate.)