make as if to do

make as if to (do something)

To act like or make a motion as if one is about to do something. When you get the ball, make as if to shoot it, and then pass it to Billy instead—he should be wide open. I didn't get up, but only because you made as if to answer the door!
See also: if, make
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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.
See also: if, make
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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