not know what to make of (someone or something)

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not know what to make of (someone or something)

To not be sure of what one thinks about someone or something; to not have a clear or confident impression or understanding of someone or something. I came into the interview wearing a full clown costume with makeup, and I could tell they didn't know what to make of me at all. We're receiving a message from the alien spacecraft, but I don't know what to make of their language.
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not know what to make of someone or something

not to understand someone or something; not to be able to interpret something or the actions of someone. We really don't know what to make of his request.
See also: know, make, not, of, to, what
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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