make something of

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make (something) (out) of (someone or something)

1. To create something from someone or something. I made this table out of oak. I'm going to make a sci-fi fan of you if it’s the last thing I do!
2. To consider, interpret, or form an opinion about someone or something. Can you make any sense out of this note that Jeffrey left behind? So, what do you make of the new intern? Is he up to snuff?
3. To create or instigate an argument or dispute out of something. It was just a joke, Tom. I don't understand why you're trying to make something bigger out of it. A: "Did I overhear you trash talking Johnny Cash?" B: "Yeah, you wanna make something of it?"
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make something of (oneself)

To become successful through one's own initiative or efforts. Valerie went back to school because she wanted to make something of herself before it was too late.
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make something of

1. Render important or useful; improve. For example, Dad hoped Tim would make something of himself. [Late 1700s]
2. Give undue importance to something, especially a problem or disagreement, as in Ann decided to make something of it when Bob said women's studies is not a real discipline. This usage sometimes is put as make something out of nothing, as in So what if Jim had coffee with your girlfriend-don't make something out of nothing. For an antonym, see make nothing of, def. 1.
See also: make, of, something

make something of

To start a fight or quarrel over.
See also: make, of, something
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