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make a spectacle of (oneself)

To attract attention by foolish or conspicuous behavior. Katie made a spectacle of herself at the New Year's Eve party by confronting her ex-boyfriend in front of all the other guests. Darren's so clumsy that he tends to make a spectacle of himself everywhere he goes.
See also: make, of, spectacle

make allowance(s) for (someone or something)

1. To prepare adequately for someone or something. My whole family is coming to Thanksgiving dinner now, so you better make allowance for seven more people at the table. The weather there is pretty inconsistent at this time of year, so make allowances for that when you pack.
2. To be forgiving or accepting of someone or something due to special circumstances. When the weather is this bad, the company makes allowance for Gina's tardiness because she has a very long commute. The teachers have been kind enough to make allowances for Jake this semester after his mother's sudden death.
See also: for, make

monkey's allowance

Something that yields more abuse than reward. The phrase refers to performing monkeys, who would earn money from passersby and then get kicked by their masters, as encouragement to continue performing. I know they promised you a raise, but I've heard that your new boss is really vicious. I think you'd be getting a monkey's allowance if you worked under him.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

make allowance(s)

 (for someone or something)
1. to allow time, space, food, etc., for someone or something. When planning the party, please make allowances for John and his family. I'm making allowance for ten extra guests.
2. to make excuses or explanations for someone or something; to take into consideration the negative effects of someone or something. You're very late even when we make allowance for the weather. We have to make allowance for the age of the house when we judge its condition.
See also: allowance, make
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

make allowance for

Also, make allowances for. Take into account extenuating circumstances, as in We have to make allowance for Jeff; he's very new to the business, or Grandma is always making allowances for the children's bad manners. [c. 1700]
See also: allowance, for, make
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

make alˈlowances for somebody

not judge somebody too strictly because of certain problems or difficulties: The court was asked to make allowances for the age of the accused.
See also: allowance, for, make, somebody
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

make allowance

/allowances for
1. To take into consideration when planning something.
2. To make excuses for or treat with leniency.
See also: allowance, make
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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MCAs have threatened to sue the Salaries and Remuneration Commission if it does not provide for the payment their house allowances.
Islamabad -- Auditor General of Pakistan has observed irregularities of over Rs400 million in disbursements of health and relief allowances by Drugs Regulatory Authority of Pakistan to its RO pay scale employees, officials said on Monday.
Furthermore, grade 20 doctors would also get 50 percent of their allowances against their initial pay scales.
Recommendations in relation to allowances are made by independent remuneration panels.
It is still not clear who authorised the allowance and on what basis the MPs are claiming it, since they are normally paid whenever they are out of their work station on parliamentary duties.A senior member of the National Assembly, who did not want to go on record for fear of being rebuked by his colleagues, expressed surprise that we knew of the new allowance.
In addition, the proposal to increase the monthly allowance for differently abled to Rs.5, 000 from Rs.3, 000 will also be implemented from today.
The COA said the police body has continued the grant of the allowance despite an October 2017 memo suspending it for the same legal reason.
The officers in BS-16, BS-20 and above are already getting Rs7,000 and Rs30,000 per month utility allowance, respectively.
He said the ministry could not reinstate the previous off-campus allowance rates because of budgetary constraints.
Conservative and Liberal Democrats on the council attempted to block the decision, calling for the allowances report to be sent back to cabinet.
Moreover, the bill also seeks to increase service allowance from Rs10,000 to Rs50,000 while monthly petrol allowance and vehicle repair allowance for standing committee chairman should be fixed at Rs30,000 and Rs12,000 respectively.
The trading allowance is a tax exemption for individuals with income from self-employment or casual services.
Rawalpindi -- More than 2000 male and female teachers appointed in Federal Government Educational Institute Cantt and Garrison (FGEI) haven't got teaching allowance from 7 months.
Under a child endowment program beginning September, 2.38 million families with children aged up to five will receive a government allowance. This is 94 percent of a total 2.53 million eligible parents.
LAHORE -- The Punjab government may offer a substantive executive allowance to all Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) and Provincial Management Service (PMS) officers apparently to retain them in the province, according to a report by a private media outlet.
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