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Related to make it: make it or break it
To attend or participate in an event. I don't think I'll be able to make the game. I've got a lot of work I need to catch up on this weekend. I hope you can make the party!
1. To be successful. You'll have to be tougher than that during negotiations if you want to make it in this industry, kid! If you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere!
2. To survive, as from an illness or injury. I can't walk on this broken leg anymore. Leave me here, Dan—I'm not gonna make it! A: "How did the surgery go, doctor?" B: "I'm sorry, but your father didn't make it."
3. To last or endure. A: "Mom, I really have to go to the bathroom!" B: "Do you think you can make it until we get home?" There are some awful sounds coming out of the car. I don't think it will even make it to the mechanic!
4. To reach or arrive at (some thing or location) successfully or on time. I can't believe we made it—I thought for sure that we would miss the flight!
5. To manage to reach (some stage or point of progress). I ended up graduating with honors, but there were some points during college where I didn't even think I'd make it at all. This is the first time in over 30 years that our team has made it to the championship!
6. euphemism To have sex (with someone). A: "Me and Tammy totally made it last night!" B: "You did not, you big liar." As a rule, I never make it with anyone before the fifth date.
make it (something)
1. An expression used when one wants to change something that one has just said. Let's have the meeting at 12:30. Actually, make it 2:30; I have another meeting scheduled at lunch time.
2. To do something in a particular manner. Often used as an imperative. Write a headline for this story, and make it quick, we're on deadline.
3. An expression used when ordering something, especially at a bar or restaurant. Make it a double, Smitty, I've had a hard day. I'll have a number three, and make it a combo, please.
make it to (something or some place)
1. To arrive at some event or location successfully or on time. I can't believe we made it to the airport on time—I thought for sure that we would miss the flight! We only made it to the concert a few minutes before it was supposed to begin. I don't think I can make it back to camp—you go on without me!
2. To manage to reach some stage or point of progress. I ended up finishing with honors, but there were some points during college where I didn't even think I'd make it to graduation at all. This is the first time in over 30 years that our team has made it to the championship finals!
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make it (until something)and make it to something; make it as far as something
to endure until something; to last until some time or until reaching some place. I hope my car can make it to the next town. Do you think you can make it until we come to a hotel?
1. to achieve one's goals. I can see by looking around this room that you have really made it. I hope I make it someday. But if not, I tried.
2. Sl. to copulate (with someone). There was no doubt in his mind that those bedroom eyes were telling him their owner wanted to make it. She wanted to make it, but he convinced her they should wait.
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1. Also, make it to. Reach a certain point or goal, as in Do you think she'll make it to graduation? or We finally made it to Chicago. [c. 1900]
2. Succeed; also, win acceptance. For example, When he won the prize he realized he'd finally made it, or Jane longed to make it with the crowd from Society Hill. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
3. Also, make it with. Have sexual intercourse, as in Tom bragged that he'd made it with Sue last night. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1 be successful in your job: She’s a very good dancer but I’m not sure she’ll make it as a professional. ♢ He wants to be a professor by the time he’s 30. Do you think he’ll make it?
2 succeed in reaching a place: The train leaves in ten minutes. Hurry up or we won’t make it. ♢ I don’t think we’ll make it before dark.
3 survive after an illness, accident, etc: ‘Do you think she’s going to make it, doctor?’ ‘It’s really too soon to say.’
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1. tv. to achieve one’s goals. (see also make (it) big.) I can see by looking around this room that you have really made it.
2. tv. to copulate [with] someone. There was no doubt in his mind that those bedroom eyes were telling him their owner wanted to make it.
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1. Informal To achieve a goal; be successful: finally made it as an actor.
2. Slang To have sexual intercourse.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.