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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)

1. To prepare adequately f(or someone or something). My whole family is coming to Thanksgiving dinner now, so you'll need to make allowance for seven more people at the table. The weather there is pretty inconsistent at this time of year, so make allowances. You'll regret not having a warm jacket on hand, believe me.
2. To be forgiving or accepting (of someone or something) because of special circumstances. When the weather is this bad, the company makes allowance, thankfully. They know it's hard to get here in the snow. Jake has been having a hard time in light of his mother's sudden death, but the teachers have been kind enough to make allowances.
See also: make

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. © 2022 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.
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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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'This resolution that was passed by the County Assembly Forum and the SRC knows we need the house allowances," he said.
It also said that irregular payment of Rs27.145 million was awarded as Adhoc Relief Allowance in 2016 and 2017 to the DRAP RO Scale employees, while Rs308.591 million unauthorized payment was made in respect of Health Professional Allowance.
Furthermore, grade 20 doctors would also get 50 percent of their allowances against their initial pay scales.
In St Helens, all allowances for elected members in 2019-20 have had a two per cent bump in line with the local government pay offer for staff.
The slashed budget was mainly for travel, entertainment, hiring professionals and new offices.Besides the huge allowances, ordinary MPs enjoy one bodyguard seconded to Parliament by the National Police Service Commission while chairpersons of departmental committees are entitled to two bodyguards.
Accordingly, all public servants will receive an additional monthly allowance of Rs 2500.00, allowance for security forces will be increased, anomalies of 500,000 pensioners will be removed, allowance for the differently-abled will be increased and the number of recipients of Kidney patients' allowance will be increased.
Marriage Allowance Married couples and those in civil partnerships can transfer up to PS1,250 of personal allowance (10% of the PS12,500 personal allowance for 2019/20) to their partner for 2019/20 this is sometimes referred to as the Marriage Tax Allowance.
The government currently provides a monthly allowance of Tk 10,000 to each of the country's 2,00,000 FFs for their contribution to the country's War of Liberation in 1971.
In its annual audit report, the COA said the Napolcom should cease its distribution of P9.09 million in dietary supplement allowance to its officials and employees, including contractual personnel.
This, Mr Molao said, amounted to around 30 per cent of the total budget allocated for tertiary education financing, indicating further that it was worth noting that an amount of P50 million then remained to be used for the allowances of externally placed students.
Conservative and Liberal Democrats on the council attempted to block the decision, calling for the allowances report to be sent back to cabinet.
THE government introduced two tax-free allowances from April 6, 2017, to boost the 'micro-entrepreneurial' sector.
Unlike Solicitor General Jose Calida, sacked government corporate counsel Rudolf Philip Jurado said he refused to receive allowances from government offices.
These allowances will effective from 01-01-2018 to employees of Punjab civil secretariat and chief minister office (BS-1 to BS-22) who are drawing their payroll of the civil secretariat.
The officers in question, who are in receipt of such allowances other than regular allowances, shall be entitled to one of the allowances, whichever is more beneficial.