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make overtures

To express a willingness, openness, or eagerness to pursue something, such as a relationship or an intended course of action. Being new to the area, I made friendly overtures to some of the parents in the toddler playgroup in the hopes of making some new friends. The senator made overtures about changing the tax code during his election campaign, but since being elected he hasn't done a single thing about it.
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make overtures about doing something

to give hints about something; to present or suggest ideas. The company made overtures about hiring me. Tom is making overtures about inviting us to his country home next month.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

make ˈovertures (to somebody)

try to make friends, start a business relationship, have discussions, etc. with somebody: On my first day at work everyone made friendly overtures.If we want to stay in business I think we ought to start making overtures to the bank manager!
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DEFIANCE: Boris Johnson makes a point as he addresses the media at the end of the G7 summit where he made overtures to EU leaders about renegotiating the exit deal
Before instituting legal action, Sikiru Gafar Oke-Aminu and four others, noted that they made overtures to the defendants with a bid to having them render accounts and chart a course going forward on how everyone would be carried along, adding that rather than accept the overtures, the defendants allegedly ignored letters written to them two years ago as the letter was neither acknowledged nor responded to.
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Real chiefs made overtures to former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, while Jose Mourinho was also linked with a return to the Spanish capital - though the Portuguese has denied any direct contact was made.
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As well as a highly-publicised austerity drive, including auctioning off government-owned luxury automobiles and buffaloes, the new prime minister has also made overtures to the IMF #9472 which has bailed Pakistan out repeatedly since the 1980s.
Texan players have made overtures for Bryant, with star playmaker DeAndre Hopkins among them.
Senior figures at the online giant made overtures to Tesco in an effort to persuade the firm to sell its F&F clothing range, sources told the Press Association.
Anastasiades had made overtures to rival candidates, after his re-election, by announcing that he would incorporate some of the proposals they made during the election campaign into his government's programme.
She quickly became unhappy with him and made overtures to reconcile with me.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has also made overtures to Arteta to join his coaching staff only for the Spaniard to knock them back.
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Asked if Ton boss Duffy had made overtures for a more permanent deal, McManus said: "Jim has said he'll help me however he can but I've not asked if Morton would offer me anything.
At the least, you will have made overtures to local people who may invite you next year.