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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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Members of Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra are urging audiences to vote for their favourite overtures to be played during their next concert at St David's Hall
The overture that passed asked for "declaratory legislation which enables presbyteries and sessions to consider for certification gay and lesbian candidates for ministry and which enables sessions to give permission for the celebration of marriage for gay or lesbian couples who come under their pastoral care.
Overture Financial's intensive manager search and selection process also allows financial institutions to pick the best money managers for their clients.
Overture, despite its pacts with Yahoo and MSN, loses a lucrative partner in AOL.
If the General Assembly agrees with the presbytery's overture, a commission will be appointed by the Assembly in June 1999 to report one year later.
T-Online was clearly in breach of its contract with Overture," the spokesperson said.