Make is an interesting word in English. The basic meaning of make is to create something. You can make your lunch or make a flower garden. Well, make also has a number of idiomatic uses. For today’s English lesson, let’s look at five slang expressions that use this versatile verb!
Make it snappy. When someone is moving too slowly, you can tell them to make it snappy. It means, “Hurry up!” or “Stop going so slowly!” Snap is a quick sound when you click your thumb and finger together, and we also use this gesture to push someone to go faster.
- Jim was walking slowly so I told him to make it snappy.
Make a big stink. When someone makes a big stink, they complain loudly about something. A stink is a bad smell, but someone making a stink makes a big noise.
- My boss made a big stink when I didn’t wear a tie to the office.
Make your blood boil. When something makes your blood boil, it makes you very angry. When you get angry, your blood pressure may increase. We imagine you are so angry that your blood is boiling.
- People who walk and text make my blood boil.
Make it big. When someone makes it big, they have great success.
- Taylor Swift made it big in the music business before she was 21 years old.
Make a fast buck. A buck is a slang word for a US dollar, and a fast buck is like quick money. So to make a fast buck means to earn a lot of money in a short time!
- Tom made a fast buck selling bags at the flea market.
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