make allowances for

make allowances for somebody/something

to consider particular facts relating to someone or something We try to make allowances for our students' different language backgrounds. When planning a trip, you have to make allowances for things that you can't know ahead of time, such as crowds or bad weather.
Related vocabulary: allow for something
See also: allowance, make
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Successful state schools make sacrifices for the sake of their pupils while mediocre comprehensives make allowances for teachers' mistakes, according to new research.