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make a spectacle of (oneself)

To attract attention by foolish or conspicuous behavior. Katie made a spectacle of herself at the New Year's Eve party by confronting her ex-boyfriend in front of all the other guests. Darren's so clumsy that he tends to make a spectacle of himself everywhere he goes.
See also: make, of, spectacle

make allowance(s) for (someone or something)

1. To prepare adequately for someone or something. My whole family is coming to Thanksgiving dinner now, so you better make allowance for seven more people at the table. The weather there is pretty inconsistent at this time of year, so make allowances for that when you pack.
2. To be forgiving or accepting of someone or something due to special circumstances. When the weather is this bad, the company makes allowance for Gina's tardiness because she has a very long commute. The teachers have been kind enough to make allowances for Jake this semester after his mother's sudden death.
See also: make

make allowance(s)

 (for someone or something)
1. to allow time, space, food, etc., for someone or something. When planning the party, please make allowances for John and his family. I'm making allowance for ten extra guests.
2. to make excuses or explanations for someone or something; to take into consideration the negative effects of someone or something. You're very late even when we make allowance for the weather. We have to make allowance for the age of the house when we judge its condition.
See also: allowance, make

make allowance

/allowances for
1. To take into consideration when planning something.
2. To make excuses for or treat with leniency.
See also: allowance, make
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I'm so sorry, but you know you need to make allowances for her--after all, she's only two.
Successful state schools make sacrifices for the sake of their pupils while mediocre comprehensives make allowances for teachers' mistakes, according to new research.
5% per year (to a maximum of 10 years) to make allowances for advances in design and construction.