Phrasal-Verbs – Letter M (With Prepositions)

–  Prepositional Phrasal-Verbs – Letter M  –


  • (to be) Born With A Silver Spoon In (one’s) Mouth – This is an IdiomaticPrepositional & Adjectival Phrasal Verb which is used to express that a person was born into a family and a life of wealth and privilege and has probably never had to work or experience any hardship in his or her life.  It is usually said as a derogatory remark against that person out of jealousy and resentment…

“Most people would agree that Gwyneth Paltrow was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, and that is why people resent almost all of the ridiculous things that she says to the media.”

(to) Have Too Many Irons In The Fire – See: Phrasal Verbs – Letter “H”, for “Have”  -Or-  Prepositional Phrases – “In”

(to) Make The Most Of (something) – This is an idiomatic verb phrase which simply means:  To get the best and most amount of benefit out of a situation.  This is often used as advice when someone is “faces with” a situation that they are not looking forward to…  “Well, I’m not very happy about having to wear this stupid chicken outfit for my new job, but I guess I’ll just have to *make the most out of it*.  At least no one will see my face and having this job is better than no job.”

(to) Meet (someone) Half-Way – This is an idiomatic verb phrase which is used to describe when a compromise is made by two individuals or groups in some sort of negotiation situation…  “The home-owner was asking $200,000 for the house, and the buyer offered $150,000, so they decided to *meet half-way* and settled on $175,000.” – (175,000 being *half-way* between 200,000 and 150,000) 😉

(to) Mess (something) Up – This is a phrase which means either to cause something to fail or to cause something to become completely dis-organized or put into a bad state…  “Deciding to work seven days a week really *Messed Up* my social life.  Now I have no time for anything but work.”

(to) Miss Out On (something) – This is an idiomatic verb phrase which is used to mean:  “To miss an opportunity”.  The probable reason that the preposition “out” is used is because of how we use that when there is no more of a certain things… “we are *out* of cookies.”…  So, *to miss out* on an opportunity to spend on a luxury sailboat with Monica Bellucci means that the opportunity was (at one time) there but you “missed the boat”.”  –  (the phrase “missed the boat” also means to miss out on something.) 😉

(to) Move On – This is a phrasal verb which means to move forward or to continue, but it is used idiomatically to mean:  to leave some (usually) painful or distressing situation in the past, and to not let it continue to have a negative effect…  “Finding out that his girlfriend was a psychopath was very difficult for him, but at some point he realized that he had to *move on*.  He couldn’t let her craziness keep him from becoming the super-hero he knew he was inside.”

(to) Move Up (in a company) – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb which is used to mean:  “To get promoted”…  “Daniel sure is  *moving up in the company* quite rapidly.  He only joined the company two years ago as the guy who cleans the bathrooms and vacuums the floors, and he’s already been promoted to vice president in charge of over-seas operations.  I’d say that he’s doing quite well for himself.”

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