make room (for someone or something)

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make room (for someone or something)

1. To clear a certain amount of space to allow for someone or something else to fit as well. If you have a seat on the train during rush hours, please make room when a passenger boards who is pregnant, elderly, or infirm. I'm not making a separate trip in the car, so make room for your brother back there! I tried to make room in my wardrobe for my girlfriend's clothes, but there wasn't nearly enough space.
2. To refrain from eating too much so that one still has an appetite for something else later on. I hope you made room for dessert—my mother made her famous blueberry crumble! You can have a light snack, but be sure to make room for your dinner later.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

make room (for someone or something)

to provide space for someone or something. Make room for Sam. He needs a place to sit. Can you make room for this package?
See also: make, room
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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It is the wisdom of the fox, that thrusts out the badger, who digged and made room for him.
And they made room between them for this young life.
It was a curious situation; yet it is not on that ac- count that I have made room for it here, but on account of a thing which seemed to me still more curious.
Lucy made room for her with ready attention, and the two fair rivals were thus seated side by side at the same table, and, with the utmost harmony, engaged in forwarding the same work.
So, I nodded, and then he nodded again, and made room on the settle beside him that I might sit down there.
Tom soon set himself to work to get out, which was not a very easy task; but at last, just as he had made room to get his head out, fresh ill-luck befell him.
Bolkonski made room for him on the bench and the lieutenant colonel sat down beside him.
Francis, who was smoking a cigar, looked up as he approached and made room for him upon the seat.
Emily made room for her with the dazed look of a girl in a dream.
The duke received his adversary as he would have done an intimate acquaintance, made room beside him on the same seat with himself, offered him refreshments, and spread over his knees the sable cloak that had been thrown on the front seat.
They were actually on the same sofa, for Mrs Musgrove had most readily made room for him; they were divided only by Mrs Musgrove.
They made room. The dinner was frugal, a plate of soup, a dish of meat, fruit, cheese, and half a bottle of wine; but Philip paid no attention to what he ate.
Martin made room for the young man on the bed and waited for him to broach his business.
According to the beat maker, that system made room for vote buying to take place.
2013 to this village and initially school started in a straw-mud made room and furniture was provided by the community of this village.