be on the make(redirected from were on the make)
be on the make
1. To be increasing or advancing towards great financial or social success. Steve: "I hear John's company is really on the make these days!" Dave: "Yeah, they're really up-and-coming in the real estate market."
2. To be very eagerly seeking wealth, success, or improved social status, often at the expense of others. Ever since graduation, Thomas has been on the make, using anyone he knows or can exploit to further his career.
3. To be seeking sexual partners or activity; to be making sexual advances or propositions. John turns into a real slime ball when he gets drunk and is out on the make.
be on the make(informal)
if a person is on the make, they are trying to get money or power in a way which is not pleasant or honest I wouldn't trust him - he's always on the make.