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make advances

To approach someone in a flirtatious, amorous, or sexual manner; to try or begin to seduce someone. Terry was fired after he began making advances at his secretary. I really wish I could go out to a bar or a club without a half dozen men making advances.
See also: advance, make

make advances to (someone)

To approach someone in a flirtatious, amorous, or sexual manner; to try or begin to seduce someone. Terry was fired after he began making advances to his secretary. I really wish I could go out to a bar or a club without a half dozen men making advances to me.
See also: advance, make

make advances

1. Attempt to make someone's acquaintance or make overtures, as in The ambassador knew that the ministers would soon make advances to him. [Late 1600s]
2. Approach amorously or sexually, as in His wife accused him of making advances to the nanny. [c. 1700] Also see make a pass at.
See also: advance, make
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The king, however, having acquired Lombardy, regained at once the authority which Charles had lost: Genoa yielded; the Florentines became his friends; the Marquess of Mantua, the Duke of Ferrara, the Bentivogli, my lady of Forli, the Lords of Faenza, of Pesaro, of Rimini, of Camerino, of Piombino, the Lucchese, the Pisans, the Sienese--everybody made advances to him to become his friend.
They were camped near the log store, where she, in her friendly way, made advances to a husky dog the size of a full-grown wolf, though not half so large as she.
When we left school he made advances to me; I did not rebuff them, for I was flattered, but we soon parted and quite naturally.
But even if by some impossible chance he had made advances, this governess would have repulsed him with scorn.
Neither he nor his wife after taking possession, made advances of any sort towards the society of the neighbourhood, and no one endeavoured to tempt them into abandoning their reserve, with the one disastrous exception of the rector of the parish.
Only one among them, one of the gentlemen belonging to the party of three, made advances towards conversation.
The Syrian Army backed by the heavy artillery and missile units attacked Tahrir al-Sham's main military base and engaged in very fierce clashes with the terrorists in Jabal Zawikat region where Kabani is located in Northeastern Lattakia after it made advances in several axes.
They said no country in world has ever made advances under IMF loans.
DUBAI: The Yemeni army made advances in Al-Dhale and Taiz, Yemen's official defense ministry said on Monday.
The complainant alleged that Mendez made advances on her on Sept.
Netflix fired Spacey, who plays scheming Frank Underwood, after Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp claimed he made advances when Rapp was 14.
Racism still exists among some people but we have made advances in race relations by being far more tolerant with each other than we were in the days of Enoch Powell John Appleyard Liversedge
Yemeni forces backed by Saudi airstrikes seized control of a rebel military camp some 37 miles outside Sanaa on Thursday, as Iran-backed Houthi rebels made advances toward Sanaa, Reuters reported.
"I'm thankful and pleased that Samm would do that, because I think it's something that they have made advances in, and the more money [the MS Society] get, the more they'll put to nding a cure."
made advances toward its aim of developing a "quiet" supersonic business jet.