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make nice

To be nice, pleasant, or polite to someone, even if one does not feel inclined to do so. I know you don't care for your cousin, but this is the one time of year we all get the chance to be together, so just make nice, OK? We'll make nice with police as soon as they stop targeting our community for no good reason.
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make nice (or nice-nice)

be pleasant or polite to someone, typically in a hypocritical way. North American informal
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make nice

To resolve a quarrel; make up.
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make nice

Be agreeable, behave well. Dating from the mid-1900s, this slangy phrase may, according to lexicographer J. E. Lighter, be imitative of baby talk. It appeared in the musical West Side Story (1957), “You’re gonna make nice with the PRs [Puerto Ricans] from now on” and has become a cliché.
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Looking as though the run would do him well, Munqith made nice ground from the three-furlong pole and was keeping on nicely at the finish when finishing close up behind Prince Hector.
She, her guys and Abdul-Jabbar made nice will fans in the audience.
But on the other hand the Formby by-pass, which has no one living along side it has only this week, for the third time this year, had its central reservation cut back and made nice and trim and neat.
And other cheeky ranges such as Lynx Vice - which made nice girls turn bad - and Guinness Marmite, helped the Anglo-Dutch company boost sales by six per cent to pounds 7.4billion in the final three months of 2007.
This French-bred five-year-old has made nice progress since joining the Barbury Castle stable.
The well-bred son of Gulch is half-brother to the Group Three winner Rock Lobster and has made nice, if unspectacular, progress.
``It should be turned into a beauty spot and made nice for locals and visitors.
Tayseer's odds have now been halved to 10-1 by the sponsors for the Tote International handicap at Ascot on King George Day, and the Tote have also made Nice One Clare, who finished third in this race, 7-1 favourite for the Vodafone Stewards' Cup the following weekend.
She made nice headway down the centre and was closing all the way to the line.
Made Nice has been generating buzz since opening late last year because of its memorable New York-inspired dishes.
Ashland's outfielders made nice plays on fly balls hit by Jill Cedrone, Kayley Fannon and Melissa Tobin.
Has shown little so far this season but made nice headway in the final stages ofGood wood's Audi Stakes to take sixth behind Enticing, raising hopes for an imminent win, almost certainly at a tasty price
Held up at the back of the field, she made nice headway in the straight and would have finished a little closer but for having to be switched in the last furlong.