make a virtue of necessity
- extract something beneficial from an unwelcome obligation
- to shift the important deeds or act into a positive or useful experience
- to use a difficult situation in the best possible way
- to give the best possible effort one can under an uneasy situation
- It’s was a long journey from Delhi to Australia so I thought I would make a virtue of necessity and write some articles that had to be submitted to the magazines.
- When his brother was ill, only he was there in the town to take care hs brother’s care, so he made a virtue of necessity and engaged with his brother to share their time together.
- When the project arrived impromptu, my boss assigned me to the project as the other managers were on leave. Though I had to leave for my vacation too but I made a virtue of necessity and learn new technology needed for the project which otherwise I had been procrastinating.
This thought is found in Latin in the of St Jerome’s writings: facis de necessitate virtutem ‘you make a virtue of necessity’. It followed into Old French (faire de nécessiste vertu) and was found first in English in Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale: “Then is it wisdom, as it thinketh me, to make virtue of necessity”.
- silly act
- dishonest tricks
- to fool around
- immoral or a deceitful conduct
- illegal activities
- I want to sleep. Stop disturbing me by your monkey business.
- Aren’t you tired of having done monkey business whole day, leaving your preparation for test tomorrow.
- Children continued their monkey business until the teacher arrived in class.
- The government is levying fine on those who have been doing monkey business by tampering with their electricity meters.
- There is nothing new in selling adulterated food items in local markets by shopkeepers. It’s their old monkey business.
- Do not get involved in monkey business over the internet. Cyber Laws are stricter than before.
- Now passport application has been made available online so that innocent people do not get tricked into monkey business of those who claim to get passports made in less than 3 days.
Monkey business has its roots in the term Monkeyshine. This word was originated in 1832 and meant “dishonorable act;” it was used in the Jim Crow song which mocked African-American slaves. In earlier times parents in England warned their children against bad conduct termed as monkey tricks. The idiom was first recorded in print in 1883 in W. Peck’s Bad Boy: “There must be no monkey business going on.”
make all the difference
Meaning: have a very good effect on a thing or a situation.
Example: Working with a nice bunch of people can make all the difference to your job.
make common cause with
Meaning: work together in order to achieve something that both groups want.
Example: Environment protesters have made common cause with local people to stop the setting up of the factories and iron industries on fertile land.
make a clean breast
Meaning: confess completely.
Example: While wedged stealing in Super Market, Robert Daniel decided to make a clean breast of it to the owner of the store.
make it big
- become very successful or famous
- to be extremely successful financially
- to flourish in life and become prominent
- used to express admiration for other’s success
- I always knew that someday my life would flip and I would make it big.
- My brother made it big, but then he got addicted to drugs and lost it all.
- After 20 years of trying his luck, he finally won a lottery and made it big.
- Helen said,”You made it big! I am really happy for you and your kids.”
- Look at that necklace Rebecca! I always knew you would make it big.
- It is almost impossible to make it big in a country like America without contacts.
- Commitment is all you will ever need if you really want to make it big in this industry. You have a lot of competition here.
- It depends on you if you really want to make it big. You just need to work for it man!
- I just met Tony today at the mall. He made it big, man. He owns the Latest software company.
- Regardless of being very skilled it took him numerous years before he made it big in the New Your city
The origin of this idiomatic expression is not known to us. If you know more details about the origin of the idiom, please write it in the comments.
- to be focused about achieving a goal
- to take a serious action or intend to do something very seriously
- in the very earnest way
- usually used in terms of going against general opinion to achieve a goal
- She meant business when she said that she will take the number one position in the tennis world.
- The fire in his eyes speak that he means business.
- He meant business when he called the police for the continuous noise that the neighbours had been making.
- The driver meant business when he claimed he could get us to our destination is one night.
- I meant business and have finally got the contract to the biggest deal of my life.
- She means business and has not come so far to run around in circles.
- Government offices in this place do not mean business, the people employed there are very lethargic.
- The baby means business when he sees his toys in someone else’s hands.
- The firmness with which the new government has initiated certain measure shows that it mean business.
The origination comes from the seriousness that entrepreneurs adopt when conducting their business and how important it is to achieve success. But the literary origin of this phrase cannot be traced accurately.
make a fast (or quick) buck
Meaning: earn money quickly and often in a way that is not honest or normal.
Example: When Indians go foreign countries like Canada and UK they often try to make a fast buck.
make no bones about
Meaning: be open and frank about something.
Example: He made no bones about his dissatisfaction with the teaching in the school.
make the best of
- to look for a positive side of a seemingly negative situation
- a situation that is not favourable but has to be accepted
- something that cannot be controlled or changed and hence is accepted as it is
- The sun was shining so he made the best of his day and went to the beach with his family.
- I make the best of what I have because hiring people at such close proximities is no longer feasible for my business.
- To make the best of the situation is the first sign of a successful human being.
- Although she was reluctant, when she got a better job then she decided to make the best of it and took the offer.
- I did not want to move to the other city initially but now that the situation demands it, I have decided to make the best of
- She makes the best of dishes with leftover food items.
The phrase is used in simple English parlance, usually in terms of a job and its revolving situation. The origin as well as first literary use of this phrase cannot be traced specifically.
- make the best of a bad job