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make (something) (out) of (someone or something)

1. To create something from someone or something. I made this table out of oak. I'm going to make a sci-fi fan of you if it’s the last thing I do!
2. To consider, interpret, or form an opinion about someone or something. Can you make any sense out of this note that Jeffrey left behind? So, what do you make of the new intern? Is he up to snuff?
3. To create or instigate an argument or dispute out of something. It was just a joke, Tom. I don't understand why you're trying to make something bigger out of it. A: "Did I overhear you trash talking Johnny Cash?" B: "Yeah, you wanna make something of it?"
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

make something (out) of something

1. Lit. to make something out of parts or raw materials. I will make the cake out of the very best ingredients. Can you make a salad out of these vegetables?
2. Fig. to make an interpretation of something. Can you make anything out of this message? I don't understand it. I'm sorry, I can't make any sense out of it.
3. Fig. to interpret something negatively. (See also make something of something.) The hostess made too much out of my absence.
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make something of someone or something

to succeed with improving someone or something; to turn someone or something into someone or something worthwhile. I tried to make something of you, but you had to do things the way you saw fit. I think I can make something of this script.
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make something of something

1. to make an interpretation of something. What do you make of this letter? Look through this and see what sense you make of it.
2. to turn an incident into a dispute. (Usually with it. Often as an invitation to fight. See also make something (out) of something.) Do you want to make something of it? He looks like he wants to make something of it.
See also: make, of
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

make something of

1. Render important or useful; improve. For example, Dad hoped Tim would make something of himself. [Late 1700s]
2. Give undue importance to something, especially a problem or disagreement, as in Ann decided to make something of it when Bob said women's studies is not a real discipline. This usage sometimes is put as make something out of nothing, as in So what if Jim had coffee with your girlfriend-don't make something out of nothing. For an antonym, see make nothing of, def. 1.
See also: make, of, something
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 of

1. To create or fashion something from something else: All that practice will make a good player of you. This statue is made of clay.
2. To consider something to be true of something or someone. Used chiefly as a question or in the passive: What do you make of these little pieces of wood? Not much was made of the evidence they found.
See also: make, of
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

make something of

To start a fight or quarrel over.
See also: make, of, something
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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