Be the making of

Be the means or cause of progress or success, as in Marriage will be the making of him. This idiom, using making in the sense of “advancement,” was first recorded about 1470.


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    Be one’s downfall, as in His heavy drinking may well be the end of him, or That math assignment will be the end of me. This phrase originally alluded to something that would cause someone’s death. Today, while it may be used seriously (as in the first example), it more often is used more lightly […]

  • Be there

    be there verb phrase To have the experience; learn firsthand: You have to be there to know what I mean/ I can tell you, because I’ve been there myself (1880s+)

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    verb phrase be available to help or support someone in a difficult circumstance

  • Be there or be square

    be there or be square sentence One should attend an event or one will be considered an outsider: The party? Be there or be square!

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