put the make on

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put the make on someone

 and put the moves on someone; put the hard word on someone
Sl. to attempt to seduce or proposition someone. I think he was beginning to put the make on me. I'm glad I left. James tried to put the hard word on Martha. Are you putting the moves on me?
See also: make, on, put

put the make on somebody

  (American very informal)
to try to have sex with someone Was that idiot at the party trying to put the make on you?
See make an ass of, make it big, make no bones about, You can't make bricks without straw, make a case for, make all the difference, make a face, make faces, make a federal case of, make a good fist of, make flesh crawl, make a fool of, make free with, make fun of, make a go of, make good, make good on, make the grade, raise hackles, make hard work of, make hay while the sun shines, can't make head nor tail of, hit the headlines, blow a hole in, make at home, make a killing, make light of, make up for lost time, make a man of, make mark, make a meal of, make up mind, make a monkey of, make the most of, make a move, make a move on, make a name for, make a noise about, make noises, make a pass at, make a pitch for, make great play of, make a play for, make presence felt, make a production of, make the right noises, make a rod for own back, do the rounds, do the running, make scarce, make sheep's eyes at, make short work of, make a spectacle of, make a splash, make a stand, kick up a stink, make tracks, make waves, make whoopee
See also: make, on, put

put the make on

Make sexual advances to, as in He's always putting the make on his wife's friends. This slangy expression, dating from the second half of the 1900s, uses make in the sense of "sexual overtures."
See also: make, on, put