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make overtures

To express a willingness, eagerness, or openness about something, such as a relationship or an intended course of action. Being new to the area, I made friendly overtures to some of the parents in the toddler playgroup in the hopes of making some new friends. The senator made overtures about changing the tax code during his election campaign, but since being elected he hasn't done a single thing about it.
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make overtures about doing something

to give hints about something; to present or suggest ideas. The company made overtures about hiring me. Tom is making overtures about inviting us to his country home next month.
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make ˈovertures (to somebody)

try to make friends, start a business relationship, have discussions, etc. with somebody: On my first day at work everyone made friendly overtures.If we want to stay in business I think we ought to start making overtures to the bank manager!
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That said, for much of this concert the orchestra was on top form, especially in its performance of Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet overture and Shostakovich's Festival Overture.
Other highlights included a thoughtful and engrossing account of Sibelius's Karelia Overture, a joyful and vivacious rendition of Bernstein's West Side Story Overture, and a rip-roaring interpretation of Bizet's Carmen Prelude.
Members of Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra are urging audiences to vote for their favourite overtures to be played during their next concert at St David's Hall
Or perhaps you love Gershwin's Cuban Overture, Rossini's William Tell Overture or Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
The document was endorsed by a strong majority of the ministers and elders that make up the regional court, although one member registered his dissent to the decision, and some said they could not support the overture.
At this time I still cannot support the overture because I'm not convinced from my reading of scripture that it reflects the mind of Christ," Rev.
Completed in 1814, Ludwig van Beethoven`s ``Name Day Overture,'' was an original work that included a musical tribute to German poet Friedrich Schiller.
He decided to remove the `Ode to Joy' section and create an overture instead.
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