run a make on (someone or something)

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run a make on (someone or something)

1. slang To check or confirm someone's identity. We need to run a make on these three men who were spotted near the scene of the crime. The mob boss wanted to run a make on the rookie detective who had been causing so much trouble for his operations.
2. In computer programming, to run an automation tool called Make on a program's source files to automatically generate executable programs. I know we're going to run into a bunch of errors when we a make on this project due to how many complicated modules are involved.
See also: make, on, run
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run a make on someone

to perform an identity check on someone. The cops ran a make on Lefty and learned about his prison record. We tried to run a make on him and came up with nothing.
See also: make, on, run
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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