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?
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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.
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.
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.
They were actually on the same sofa, for Mrs Musgrove had most readily made room for him; they were divided only by Mrs Musgrove.
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.
This is my tribute to a gentleman A great comedian and clown He made us smile he made us laugh Cheered us up when we felt down There's a special place in heaven Where Scouse comedians take their rest They've just made room for another star Micky Finn, he was one of the best.
2013: Moments In Time BBC2, 9pm In a year of hatches, matches and dispatches that could've been summed up earlier this month as 'Hello George, Come On Andy and Goodbye Thatch', the programme makers must surely have made room for the breaking news of the death of Nelson Mandela.
She asserted that there was a particular crowd who made room for her at their table, held her up when she was down and loved her for exactly who she was.
The Coventry side started well with some strong running from forwards Shaveen De Siva and Fraser Richer and this led to the first try as they made room for centre Jacob Wint to run in.
His mum said, "if you have got no more room for your dinner, then you won't have any room for pudding." So my grandson pushed the remainder of his dinner to one side of the plate and said to his mum: "I have made room for my pudding now, mum."