make as if to (do something)(redirected from make as if to)
make as if to (do something)
To act as though one is about to take some specific action. I didn't get up, but only because you made as if to answer the door!
make as if to do something
to act as if one were about to do something. The thief made as if to run away but changed his mind. Jane made as if to smack the child.