make the first move

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make the first move

To initiate an interaction or sequence of events before another person. The two stood facing each other silently, sizing each other up, waiting for the other to make the first move. I'm willing to make amends, but she has to be the one to make the first move.
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make the first ˈmove

do something before somebody else, for example in order to end an argument or to begin something: If he wants to see me, he should make the first move.
See also: first, make, move