make a meal (out) of (something)

make a meal (out) of (something)
make a meal (out) of (something) British & Australian to spend more time or energy doing something than is necessary.

I only asked her to write a brief summary of the main points but she made a real meal out of it.

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  • make a meal out of — make a meal (out) of 1 : to eat (a particular food) as your meal without anything else This bread is so good, I could make a meal of it. 2 Brit, informal : to do (something) in a way that makes it seem more important or difficult than it really… …   Useful english dictionary

  • make a meal of — see under ↑meal1 • • • Main Entry: ↑make make a meal of 1. To consume as a meal 2. To enjoy to the full 3. To treat or perform in an unnecessarily laborious or meticulous way • • • Main Entry: ↑meal …   Useful english dictionary

  • make a meal of — verb a) To spend more time and energy on some task than it warrants; to make something overly complicated. Some people can make a meal out of the simplest task. If you give it to a busy person, they don’t have time to muck around on the edges and …   Wiktionary

  • conjure something out of something — conjure sth from/out of sth derived to create sth or make sth appear in a surprising or unexpected way • He conjured a delicious meal out of a few leftovers. Main entry: ↑conjurederived …   Useful english dictionary

  • meal — W2S2 [mi:l] n [Sense: 1,3; Origin: Old English mAl time, meal ] [Sense: 2; Origin: Old English melu] 1.) an occasion when you eat food, for example breakfast or dinner, or the food that you eat on that occasion ▪ After the movie we went for a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • make — make1 [māk] vt. made, making [ME maken < OE macian, akin to Ger machen < IE base * maĝ , to knead, press, stretch > MASON, Gr magis, kneaded mass, paste, dough, mageus, kneader] 1. to bring into being; specif., a) to form by shaping or… …   English World dictionary

  • meal — [ mil ] noun *** 1. ) count an occasion when you eat, especially breakfast, lunch, or DINNER: The medicine should always be taken with meals. go out for a meal (=go to a restaurant): We could go to a movie, or go out for a meal. main meal (=the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • make — make1 W1S1 [meık] v past tense and past participle made [meıd] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(produce)¦ 2¦(do)¦ 3¦(cook)¦ 4¦(cause)¦ 5¦(force)¦ 6¦(mark/hole etc)¦ 7 make it 8 make the meeting/the party/Tuesday etc 9¦(achieve something)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • make — 1 verb past tense and past participle made, PRODUCE STH 1 (T) to produce something by working: I m going to make a cake for Sam s birthday. | Did you make that dress yourself? | a car made in Japan | They re making a documentary about the Civil… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • make — I [[t]me͟ɪk[/t]] CARRYING OUT AN ACTION ♦ makes, making, made (Make is used in a large number of expressions which are explained under other words in this dictionary. For example, the expression to make sense is explained at sense .) 1) VERB You… …   English dictionary