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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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As the silence became painful I concluded to hazard a little conversation on my own part, as I had guessed that he was making overtures of peace.
They quickly learned to leave him alone, neither venturing hostile acts nor making overtures of friendliness.
At this very moment the court is making overtures to me; hitherto I have repulsed them; but since such men as you assure me that I am wrong in doing so, I've a good mind to follow your advice and to accept a proposition made to me by the Duc de Chatillon just now."
The shaking figure, unnerved and disjointed from head to foot, put out its two hands a little way, as making overtures of peace and reconciliation.
PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail today said party members who wish to reconcile with their president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should attend the monthly central leadership meetings instead of making overtures elsewhere.
After nearly a decade of hibernation, Pakistan's ministry of foreign affairs has put its act together under the Imran Khan government and is making overtures to various states, which are bearing fruit.
Summary: Several countries making overtures towards Syria
While marketing their books, the Kuwaiti publishers targeted celebrated intellectuals, popular bloggers and web activists, making overtures to them and offering them books free of charge, he added.
Pakistan is enjoying a unique status at the moment as both Saudi Arabia and Iran are making overtures towards Islamabad.
Besides, it was also leant from one of the traditional had gone to court, but that some individuals in government are making overtures to them to find an amicable solution to the matter.
Indeed, when certain OIC members specifically the Gulf Arabs are believed to be making overtures to Israel, can the Muslim world seriously be expected to secure justice for Palestine?
It's all very well making overtures to players such as Virgil van Dijk and Keita But if you don't land those targets, you end up looking small-time.
Duterte, after winning presidential election last year, upended Philippine foreign policy by deferring assertion of the tribunal's ruling, steering the country away from the United States, and making overtures to China and Russia.
We have had three different elements that have now been making overtures to us.
It can't have escaped the Americans' notice that President Hollande is making overtures towards Russia and Putin has even described France as an ally.