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make strange (with one)

To become shy or upset in the presence of someone else. Typically said of babies or young children. I can't believe he's not crying while you hold him—he usually makes strange with everyone! Don't make strange, go say hi to your Aunt Josephine!
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make strange

(of a baby or child) fuss or be shy in company. Canadian
1987 Alice Munro The Progress of Love Her timid-looking fat son…usually liked Violet, but today he made strange.
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On and on they drove through the darkness, and though the rain stopped, the wind rushed by and whistled and made strange sounds.
Even the drunken King sat up and made strange noises.
At table he made strange noises and ate greedily, yet in spite of all that, added to his noted temper and rude manners, men loved him and sought his company more than that of any other writer of his day, for "within that shaggy exterior of his there beat a heart warm as a mother's, soft as a little child's.
It is not uncommon for human clay in this condition to value itself above all things upon its great prudence and sagacity; and Mr Swiveller, especially prizing himself upon these qualities, took occasion to remark that he had made strange discoveries in connection with the single gentleman who lodged above, which he had determined to keep within his own bosom, and which neither tortures nor cajolery should ever induce him to reveal.
They made strange growling, barking noises, as with much baring of fangs they advanced upon us.
By day made strange, the woods we range With blinking eyes we scan; While down the skies the wild duck cries "The Day--the Day to Man
Upon seeing his works that have found residence in many private collections, we'd easily recognize where the characters were culled: from the streets of Manila, from the shores of Zambales made bent, made gaunt, made strange by the artist's hand and imagination.
The girls convulsed, contorted and made strange sounds.
At the edges of experience, the strange is made familiar, and the familiar is made strange.
The non story so far: Dry-eyed Simon made strange seal noises and called it crying.
Another witness said that the plane made strange noises as it flew low in the sky, which indicated a problem in the engine.
Mile Hill Road, well-being check requested on friend who made strange statements; female was fine, but would not let officer into her home.
STEP into an upside down world at the Unity theatre this month, where familiar things are made strange, with enchanting and horrifying results.
He said the boy was very stubborn and always shouted in class and also made strange noises that distracted other children.
Later, the man dips a tea bag into a cup of water again and again, this commonplace task made strange through repetition and by its disconnect from anything suggesting thirst.