make the first move

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
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I also feel I'm always the one to make the first move when it comes to contacting people.
Prep School pupil and Under 10 British Champion Imogen Turvey-Cross was invited on stage to make the first move for chess great and former Russian world champion Vladimir Kramnik.
Wait for him to make the first move and try not to get carried away.
Manchester comes third in a table of cities where women like to make the first move with 58%, followed by Leeds (51%), Glasgow (43%), Birmingham (39%), Nottingham (36%), Edinburgh (29%) and Bristol (19%).
Manchester comes third in a table of cities where women like to make the first move with 58 per cent, followed by Leeds, Glasgow, Birmingham, Nottingham, Edinburgh and Bristol.
But if something is going to happen then somebody is going to have to make the first move - and you're that somebody.
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