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make overtures

To express a willingness, openness, or eagerness to pursue something, such as a relationship or an intended course of action. Being new to the area, I made friendly overtures to some of the parents in the toddler playgroup in the hopes of making some new friends. The senator made overtures about changing the tax code during his election campaign, but since being elected he hasn't done a single thing about it.
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make overtures about doing something

to give hints about something; to present or suggest ideas. The company made overtures about hiring me. Tom is making overtures about inviting us to his country home next month.
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make ˈovertures (to somebody)

try to make friends, start a business relationship, have discussions, etc. with somebody: On my first day at work everyone made friendly overtures.If we want to stay in business I think we ought to start making overtures to the bank manager!
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Unfortunately, whenever Pakistan makes overtures to its traditional friend Saudi Arabia, vested interests try and drive a wedge in the close ties.
Holding the ceremony at a time when Taichung city has been stripped of the right to host East Asian Youth Games plays into the hands of China, which makes overtures to Taiwan while simultaneously seeking to suppress Taiwan on the international stage, the MAC said.
Curly asks Reg to host a medieval banquet at the beautiful stately home of Tatlock Towers and watches with dismay as the buffoon makes overtures to Mary (Patti Clare), who is attached to Norris (Malcolm Hebden), and exploits the charms of Rosie (Helen Flanagan) by hiring her as a serving wench.
The boys jump to conclusions when Clara makes overtures of friendship toward the intriguing, stand-offish Sonia (Salomee Stevenin), who won't deny or apologize for being bisexual.
During his absence, his false friend Captain James makes overtures to Amelia, but her virtue prevails against him.
Though largely shot and cut in a simple, unflashy style, the film inserts occasional visual felicities that catch the moment: some sensuous play with Claim's hair as Philippe makes overtures of friendship.