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make a believer out of SO
- It was an interesting discussion, but it did not make a believer out of me.
- to convince someone decisively about something.
make a big deal about STH
- I only stepped on your toe. Don't make a big deal about it.
- to exaggerate the seriousness of something.
make a break for it (or SO/STH)
- Max made a break for the door.
- to run suddenly toward someone or something; to seize an opportunity to run toward someone or something.
make a run for it
- When the guard wasn't looking, the prisoner made a run for it.
- to run fast to get away or get somewhere.
make a bundle
- John really made a bundle on that deal.
- make a lot of money
make a killing
- Bill made a killing at the racetrack yesterday.
- to have a great success, especially in making money.
make good money
- I don't know what she does, but she makes good money.
- to earn a sizable money
make it big
- I always knew that someday I would make it big.
- My brother made it big, but it has just led to tax problems.
- to become successful, especially financially.
make out like bandit
- Mary made out like a bandit, playing twenty-one in Las Vegas.
- to make a large profit.
make a check out to SO
- Would you make the check over to my bank?
- to endorse the back of a check, making it payable to someone or a group
make a clean sweep
- The boss decided to change the direction of the company, so he made a clean sweep and fired all the top management.
- to do something completely or thoroughly, with no exceptions.
make a comeback
- You're never too old to make a comeback.
- to return to one's former (successful) career.
make a day of it
- We went to the museum to see the new exhibit and then decided to make a day of it.
- to spend the whole day doing something.
make a night of it
- I did not want to make a night of it, so I left early.
- to spend the entire evening or night doing something.
make a dent in
- Look at what's left on your plate! You hardly made a dent in your dinner.
- to use only a little of something; to make a small amount of progress with something
make a headway
- Talks between the two countries are making very little headway.
- to make a progress
make a face
- Mother, Billy made a face at me!
- to show a funny or distorted expression to someone in ridicule.
make a quick buck
- Times are hard - you have to make a fast buck wherever and however you can.
- to earn money quickly and often in a way that is not honest
make a fool (out) of SO
- John made a fool out of himself at the party.
- to make someone look foolish.
- I made a fool out of myself by drinking too much at the party.
make a big fuss over STH
- 1.Why do you make a fuss over a problem like that?
- to worry about or make a bother about someone or something.
- 2. Please don't make a fuss over who gets the last cookie.
- to argue about someone or something.
make a habit of doing STH
- I make a habit of counting my change.
- to do something so often that it becomes a habit.
make a life for oneself
- She made a good life for herself in New York City, working as a freelancer.
- to develop and live a particular kind of lifestyle for oneself.
make a living by
- John makes a living from painting houses.
- to earn a living from something or by doing something.
make a man out of SO
- Send Wally into the army. That'll make a man out of him.
- to make a young male into an adult male.
- I will try to make amends for the accident.
- to make up to someone for something that someone or something did.
make a mental note
- Please make a mental note of my telephone number.
- to remember something
make a mockery of STH
- What a mess. You made a mockery of the task.
- Foreigners would take advantage of this politeness and makes a mockery of the Japanese people's intellect.
- to make a deliberate parody or a poor imitation of something.
make a move on SO
- Was he making a move on me? I think he was.
- to attempt to seduce someone.
- seduce: to persuade SO to do STH, especially to have a sex, by making it seems extremely attractive.
make a pass at SO
- Can you believe it? Larry made a pass at me!
- to flirt with or suggest sexual activity with someone.
- flirt with SO: to consider doing STH but not be very serious about it
make a name for oneself in
- She would have done well in any sport, but Virginia ended up making a name for herself in soccer.
- to become well known and respected for doing something in particular
make an appearance
- We waited for thirty minutes for the professor to make an appearance, then we went home.
- to appear; to appear in a performance.
make an entrance
- She made her entrance too early and threw everyone into confusion.
- to enter [a place], in some formal or special way, as onto the stage in a play or opera.
make an exception
- Please make an exception just this once.
- to suspend a rule or practice for someone in a single instance.
make a good impression on SO by
- Tom made quite an impression on the banker.
- to produce a positive memorable effect on someone while one is present.
make an offer one can't refuse
- He made me an offer I could not refuse, so I sold him my car.
- a very attractive offer.
make a note of it
- You want to be considered for promotion. I'll make a note of it.
- Please make a note of it.
- to remember something both literaly and figuretively
make an uproar
- The dog got into church and made an uproar.
- to cause an outburst or sensation.
make a point of doing STH
- She makes a point of sending thank-you notes
- to be certain to do something that you think is important
make a point
- You made a point that we all should remember.
- He spoke for an hour without making a point.
- to state an item of importance.
make a scene
- Don’t make a scene when you go to the dance floor tonight!
- to be loud and rude with other people or in public
- Claude made believe he hadn't heard what she said.
- to pretend
make cracks about SO
- Stop making cracks about my cousin.
- Ken made a few cracks about the movie.
- to make jokes or smart remarks about someone or something.
- Please don't make demands of everyone in the shop.
- The boss is making a lot of demands on the new machinery.
- to expect someone or something to do something or act in a particular way.
make do with STH
to do STH as well as possible with STH such as limited resourses
make good time
- On our trip to Toledo, we made good time.
- to proceed at a fast or reasonable rate.
make a good out of STH
get a lot of miledge out of STH
make it to STH
- She made it to the airport just in time to catch her plane.
- to get to somewhere on time
make it snappy
- Andy: Make it snappy! I haven't got all day.
- Hurry up!; Move quickly and smartly.
make life miserable for SO
- I wish you would stop making life miserable for me.
- to give someone misery; to be a great nuisance to someone.
make lite of STH
- I make light of my problems, and that makes me feel better.
- to treat something as if it were unimportant or humorous.
make my day!
- Move a muscle! Go for your gun! Go ahead, make my day!
- Make my day. Just try it.
- Go ahead, do what you are going to do, and I will be very happy to do what I have to do!
make no difference
- Pick whom you like. It makes no difference to me.
- not to matter to someone.
make no mistake (about it!)
- I'm very angry with you! Make no mistake about it!
- Do not be mistaken! You can be certain. (勘違いするなよ！～）
make yourself at home
In response: "don’t mind if I do"
make yourself heard
- I had to shout to make myself heard.
- to speak loudly so that one will be heard above background noise.
make oneself a laughingstock of STH
- Laura made herself a laughingstock by arriving at the fast-food restaurant in full evening dress.
- to make oneself a source of ridicule or laughter; to do something that invites ridicule.
make oneself scarce
- Tom is mad and is looking for you. Better make yourself scarce.
- Make yourself scarce! Here comes the sheriff.
- [for someone] to become difficult to find; [for someone to] go into hiding.
make one's mark
- Perry made his mark by inventing a special kind of holder for a cell phone.
- to do something that allows one to receive appropriate recognition.
make your peace with SO
- Melanie knew she had to go back into the house and make her peace with her parents.
- to stop arguing with someone
make one's way back
- I went for a walk and got lost. It took hours for me to make my way back.
- to work one's way back to something or some place, to backtrack
make one's way in the world
- I intend to prepare myself to make my way in the world by getting a college degree
- to succeed in the world independently
make one's way through STH
- 1.When the grandchildren visit, I have to pick my way through the toys on the floor.
- to move along a route full of obstacles; to travel, usually on foot, through an area of heavy vegetation or through a crowd of people or things.
- 2. My teacher said he couldn't even make (or pick) his way through my report. It was just too confusing.
- to work slowly and meticulously through something.
make or break SO
- The army will either make or break him.
- It's a tough assignment, and it will either make or break her.
- to bring success to or improve, or ruin, someone.
- 1. The lost hiker thought he’d never make it out of the jungle.
- to exit a situation or place.
- This is the only one that can be split, and always has the word “it” between make and out.
make out with SO
to french kiss, to have a sex
make out with STH
- How did you make out with it?
- My cousin invested in technology stocks in the 1990s and made out like a bandit.
- How did you make out at the casino last night?
- getting positive results from a situation or transaction
make SO/STH tick
- I don't know what makes it tick.
- What makes John tick? I just don't understand him.
- to cause someone or something to run or function.
make SO over
- Sally's mother made (or did) Sally over for the play tryouts.
- The designer made over Sally completely. --> this works only one time.
- to buy a new wardrobe for someone; to redo someone's hairstyle, makeup, etc.
make SO's blood boil
- It just makes my blood boil to think of the amount of food that gets wasted around here.
- to make SO very angry
make SO's blood run cold
- I heard a scream which made my blood run cold.
- if something makes someone's blood run cold, it makes them very frightened
make SO's skin crawl
- Just thinking about the way he had touched her made her skin crawl.
- if something or someone makes your skin crawl, you think they are very unpleasant or frightening
make SO's hair stand on end
- The horrible scream made my hair stand on end.
- to cause someone to be very frightened.
make SO's head spin/swim
- 1.Riding the merry-go-round makes my head spin.
- Fig. to make someone dizzy or disoriented.
- 2. The physics lecture made my head spin.
- Fig. to confuse or overwhelm someone.
make SO sick
- I am really tired of your vile talk. You make me sick!
- to disgust SO
make SO's position clear
- I can't tell whether you are in favor of or against the proposal. Please make your position clear.
- to clarify where someone stands on an issue.
make SO stir crazy
- I am going to go stir-crazy if I don't get out of this office.
- make someone crazy from being confined.
make SO the scapegoat for STH
- They made Tom the scapegoat for the whole affair. It wasn't all his fault.
- to make someone take the blame for something.
make some sence out of SO/STH
- No one can make sense out of Tom's story.
- to understand SO/STH
make a party, meeting etc.
make STH at SO
make signal, sign to SO
make STH of STH
- What do you make of this news? What do you make (sence) of it?
- to interpret as the meaning of
make/put/set STH right/good
- I know I owe you some money, but don't worry, I'll make it good.
- to correct something; to alter a situation to make it more fair.
make STH to order
- The tailor made the jacket to order for me.
- to custom-make an item
- 1. tell a lie,
- 2. redo STH,
- 3. to assemble
make STH up to SO
to compensate STH to SO
make the best of STH
- I don't like it, but I will try to make the best of my summer landscaping job by getting a good tan
- to do as well as possible with something that is not too promising.
make the most of STH
- They designed the advertisements to make the most of the product's features.
- Mary knows how to make the most of her talents.
- to make something appear as good as possible
make time for
- On the flight back to Washington, the president made time for reporters' questions.
- to allow time for something in particular
make trouble SO
- I don't want to make trouble, but I have a few suggestions that could make things work more smoothly.
- to cause trouble or additional work.
make up for lost time
- We drove as fast as we could, trying to make up for lost time.
- to catch up; to go fast to balance a period of going slow or not moving.
make up with SO
- We kissed and made up.
- To resolve a quarrel, to be reconciled with SO
- Is this project making way?
- A sailboat can't make way if there is no wind.
- to make progress; to move ahead.
make way for SO/STH
- Make way for the stretcher. Here comes the doctor—make way!
- to clear a path for someone or something.