To identify one as a criminal or wrongdoer. Often used in passive constructions. You made sure nobody could make you while you stole the documents, right? By the time I realized I had been made, I could already hear the police sirens coming toward me.
See also: make
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tv. to identify someone. The cop stared at Bart and tried to make him, but failed to identify him and let him go.
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