make (one)(redirected from made somebody)
1. Literally, to bring something into existence; to bring about or cause to exist. Look at this table I made! Please don't make a mess.
2. To identify someone as a criminal or suspect of a crime. Did anyone make you as you left with the jewels? A witness tried to make the thief at the police lineup, but didn't feel confident about who was guilty.
3. To attend or participate in an event. I don't think I'll be able to make the game. I've got a lot of work I need to catch up on this weekend. I hope you can make the party!
To identify one as a criminal or wrongdoer. Often used in passive constructions. You made sure nobody could make you while you stole the documents, right? By the time I realized I had been made, I could already hear the police sirens coming toward me.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
Sl. to identify someone. (Used especially in the context of law enforcement.) The cop stared at Wilbur and tried to make him, but failed to identify him and let him go. The cops took the suspect downtown where the police chief made him as a wanted criminal.
to attend an event. I hope you can make our party. I am sorry, but I won't be able to make it.
make(an amount of) headway
1. Lit. to move forward. Even in a light wind, the ship could not make any headway.
2. Fig. to advance toward completing a task. With the help of Garret, Christopher made a lot of headway on the project.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. tv. to identify someone. (Underworld.) We tried to make him down at the station but came up with nothing.
2. n. an identification. (Underworld.) We ran a make on her. She’s got two priors.
3. tv. to arrive at a place; to cover a distance. We made forty miles in thirty minutes.
4. tv. to achieve a specific speed. This buggy will make twice the speed of the old one.
tv. to identify someone. The cop stared at Bart and tried to make him, but failed to identify him and let him go.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
make/a mock of
To subject to ridicule; mock.
make/go the rounds
1. To go from place to place, as on business or for entertainment: a delivery truck making the rounds; students going the rounds in the entertainment district.
2. To be communicated or passed from person to person: The news quickly made the rounds. A piece of juicy gossip is going the rounds.
make/raise a stink Slang
To make a great fuss.
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.