To behave as if; to pretend or make it appear that. Mark's boyfriend always makes like he cares deeply about other people's problems, but he's never willing to actually help. Samantha's been making like she's writing the next great American novel, but it's just some trashy thriller.
make like a (something) and (do something)
A humorous construction of wordplay used to suggest or command someone to leave or depart promptly by creating a pun between the noun and an associated verb. You know, you're starting to get on my nerves—why don't you make like a tree and leave! This carnival turned out to be really boring. Come on, let's make like a banana and split! I told him to make like a bee and buzz off!
make (out) like something
Rur. to pretend something. Let's make out like we're cowboys and Indians. Joe made out like he had a lot of money, and folks believed him.
make like someone or something
to act like someone or something. Why don't you make like a bunny and run away? Beat it! Would you please make like a butler and hold the door open for me?
make likepretend to be; imitate. North American informal
1939 John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath This rich fella…makes like he's poor.
make like...(American English, informal) pretend to be, know or have something in order to impress people: He makes like he’s the greatest actor of all time.
See also: make