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

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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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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.
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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.
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make of

v.
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.
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make something of

To start a fight or quarrel over.
See also: make, of, something
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On several starlight nights we danced on the upper deck, under the awnings, and made something of a ball-room display of brilliancy by hanging a number of ship's lanterns to the stanchions.
The article made something of a stir, and extracts from it were printed in many of the papers.
I see what it has made of dozens of others, those I meet, and it positively aches within me, to the point of exasperation, that it would have made something of me as well.
Well, now, Flavell in his shabby black gaiters, pleading that he thought the Lord had sent him and his wife a good dinner, and he had a right to knock it down, though not a mighty hunter before the Lord, as Nimrod was--I assure you it was rather comic: Fielding would have made something of it--or Scott, now--Scott might have worked it up.
And we know that lawyers try to manipulate it to make you spend more money and basically end up hating each other" Sports broadcaster and ex-footballer Gary Lineker "He celebrates a masculinity that is useless" Award-winning cross-dressing potter Grayson Perry on TV adventurer Bear Grylls "I feel like I'm 32 years old, and when I was 32 I felt like I was 24, and when I was 24 I felt like I was 16, so it all works out, doesn't it?"Actor Tom Hanks, who is approaching 60 "Prince, who made something of his life as opposed to having fortune handed to him, is far more 'royal' than Elizabeth 2, and he will be mourned far more than she" Singer Morrissey on the late pop star
Woody Allen or even Wes Anderson might have made something of this smug bucket of quirk.
What because he's made something of his life and she hasn't?
United believe Rojo, who speaks only limited English as he has only been in the country for just over two months, made something of a mistake in his translation of the Spanish part of his tweet.
I made something of it because I was given total freedom by the owner," Contactmusic quoted him as saying.
And Danny McGuire has made something of a habit of it in recent seasons.
The forecast made something of a stir when it appeared deep in an article on community development districts in Business Week Monday (see chart on the forecast after the jump).
It has updated Huddersfield and made something of that end of the town.
Worcester made something of a pre-emptive strike on Wednesday by fining Horsman pounds 2,000 and suspending him for a fortnight.
"From the Barrio to Washington: An Educator's Journey" is the inspirational life story of US Assistant Commissioner of Education of Armando Rodriguez who entered the nation speaking no English whatsoever but through a solid work ethic, truly made something of himself.
Unlike Whelan, Kate Crews, a demi-soloist with Ballet West, has made something of a career out of her customary Nutcracker role.
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