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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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Den Pugsley, founding member of The Overtures, said: "It's impossible to fit The Cavern's whole 60-year history into a two-hour show, but we're going to give it a good go!
The second overture was a tribute to the rescue efforts and it was first performed at Merthyr Tydfil College in 1970.
The overtures were referred to Justice Ministries and/or the Committee on Church Doctrine.
Samuel Coleridge Taylor's overture to The Song of Hiawatha is pleasantly folksy and while Frederic Austin's The Sea Venturers is no Flying Dutchman its jolly and rousing.
No 9 was chosen by Canadian-born violinist James Ehnes, the concert's guest soloist, and has been programmed alongside Beethoven's Leonore Overture No.3, from his only opera Fidelio, and Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.1.
Add in some guest appearances, fabulous 60s costumes and The Overtures' own inimitable performance, and you've got a show sure to delight audiences of all ages.
The overtures are designed to subdue the protests that erupted in a southern city on March 18 and spread to other parts of Syria.
Petraeus, who commands more than 150,000 Nato and US troops in Afghanistan, said on Tuesday that many small insurgent groups had already made "overtures" to Nato forces about quitting the fight.
Many of the creators and innovators of the Sixties were, of course, British so in recognition of such everlasting achievements, The Overtures have devised a special concert The Bootleg Sixties.
Bars are considered "open" social spaces where people have the right to initiate social interactions with others, and where people generally have some responsibility to accept these overtures (Cavan, 1966).
Summary: Sven-Goran Eriksson is expected to reject overtures from North Korea to become their technical adviser for next year's World Cup.
Two Overtures: The Masque of Pandora (1878) and Jason, or The Argonauts and the Sirens (1879).
Clinton says Iran Not Responded to US Overtures due to Instability in Country
Summary: Iran should reciprocate recent overtures by the Obama administration to discuss its nuclear plans, Mohamed ElBaradei, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said on Monday.