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make the first move

To initiate an interaction or sequence of events before another person. The two stood facing each other silently, sizing each other up, waiting for the other to make the first move. I'm willing to make amends, but she has to be the one to make the first move.
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make the first ˈmove

do something before somebody else, for example in order to end an argument or to begin something: If he wants to see me, he should make the first move.
See also: first, make, move
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When the position is such that neither side will gain by making the first move, it is called temporizing ground.
It is to be commended for making the first move but it should be noted it comes after reports the Government is considering legislation which would force lenders to reduce rates.
Pretty soon, it'll be the boys who are making the first move on you.
Since you really like him, consider making the first move.
IN general, I'm all in favour of women making the first move.
A French student described how she had resisted making the first move towards a group of young Muslims and Hindus from Nottingham in England: 'it was as if my heart was lazy to get opened'.
Perhaps we learn to love them from afar, waiting for them to approach rather than making the first move.
WHEN it comes to making the first move Liverpool women are not backwards in coming forwards.
WHEN it comes to making the first move, women in the north of England are not shy about coming forward, a survey has found.
World chess champion Garry Kasparov took on the whole world Monday, making the first move in an online match against anyone who has access to the Internet and understands the game.
The deal took a year to negotiate, with Toshiba making the first move last March.
He's not shy but I know in his past with girls he had difficulty making the first move.
Pretty soon it'll be the boys who are making the first move on you.
Bolton boss Megson is ready to steal a march on rivals Aston Villa and Fulham by making the first move for the 22-year-old.
We all know that some blokes can be a bit shy when it comes to making the first move these days.