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go to meet (one's) maker

euphemism To die. I'm worried that Grandma will go to meet her maker before I return home from my trip.
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gone to meet (one's) maker

euphemism Having died. I'm worried that Grandma will have gone to meet her maker by the time I return home from my trip.
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1. A fierce punch, especially to the head. Johnson managed to get a knockout in the third round with an incredible haymaker to Robertson's jaw.
2. A particularly powerful or overwhelming move, maneuver, play, etc., that proves debilitating to one's opponent. The accusation, backed up with credible evidence, could prove to be a haymaker to the senator's reelection campaign. The team cemented their lead with an incredible 13 runs in the 7th inning, a haymaker from which their rivals never stood a chance of recovering.

meet (one's) maker

To die. Please stop speeding, I don't want to meet my maker today!
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money maker

1. Something that is financially profitable Our company is in a great position these days—our latest software release has been a huge money maker. I can't believe that simple product has been such a big money maker.
2. slang One's buttocks. Often used in the phrase "shake your money maker." I love to go dancing and shake my money maker! Time to hit the gym and tone the money maker!
See also: maker, money

play matchmaker

To pair two people to foster a romantic relationship between them. Mom, please stop playing matchmaker for me, will ya? I don't want to date your best friend's cousin's nephew or someone you met at the market! I've always played matchmaker for people. I can't help it—I just seem to see romantic possibility where others don't.
See also: play


informal One who is able to generate a huge amount of business or revenue. I earned this company nearly half a million dollars last quarter alone. That's why they call me the rainmaker. She has been a rainmaker for this firm ever since we brought her on board. She has secured more high-profile clients than anyone else in the last 15 years.

the butcher, the baker, the candlestick-maker

People of all ethnicities, professions, and socioeconomic classes. The aim of our program is to draw in and appeal to people from all walks of life—the butcher, the baker, the candlestick-maker, as the rhyme goes.

the pope's mustard maker

A pompous person, especially one in an insignificant job or role. In the 14th century, Pope John XXII had a personal "moutardier" (mustard-maker) to ensure that his food was properly seasoned. All she does is copy files all day, but she acts like she's the pope's mustard maker. I practically have to beg for a chance to use the copier!
See also: maker, mustard

widow maker

1. informal A myocardial infarction (heart attack) resulting from a blocked or damaged left anterior descending artery. Despite the name, it can be occur in both men and women. Sometimes hyphenated or spelled as a single word. My husband managed to survive a widow maker shortly after Christmas, but he has been in very rough shape ever since. Health professionals are trying to determine why the country has such a high rate of widow-makers among its population.
2. informal Anything that is extremely dangerous and likely to cause death. (Often used hyperbolically.) The mountain has become notorious as a widow maker, causing more deaths per year than any other climbing destination in the world. The bartender calls this cocktail "The Widowmaker."
See also: maker, widow
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gone to meet one's maker

Euph. died. Poor old Bob has gone to meet his maker. After a long illness, Reggie went to meet his maker.
See also: gone, maker, meet, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

the butcher, the baker, the candlestick-maker

people of all kinds.
This phrase comes from the traditional nursery rhyme Rub-dub-dub, Three men in a tub .

meet your maker

die. humorous or euphemistic
This expression alludes to the Christian belief that, after death, the soul goes to be judged by God, its creator.
See also: maker, meet
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meet your ˈMaker

(especially humorous) die: The car was out of control. There was nothing I could do except prepare to meet my maker!
See also: maker, meet
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017


n. a dangerous horse; anything dangerous: a gun, strong alcohol, etc. I call this stuff widow-maker. It’s really strong.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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