what do you make of (someone or something)?

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what do you make of (someone or something)?

What is your analysis, opinion, or appraisal of someone or something? A: "What do you make of the new guy?" B: "He's a little quirky, but I think he's genuinely nice." A: "What do you make of this hole here?" B: "Could be termite damage."
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

make something (out) of something

 
1. Lit. to make something out of parts or raw materials. I will make the cake out of the very best ingredients. Can you make a salad out of these vegetables?
2. Fig. to make an interpretation of something. Can you make anything out of this message? I don't understand it. I'm sorry, I can't make any sense out of it.
3. Fig. to interpret something negatively. (See also make something of something.) The hostess made too much out of my absence.
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make something of someone or something

to succeed with improving someone or something; to turn someone or something into someone or something worthwhile. I tried to make something of you, but you had to do things the way you saw fit. I think I can make something of this script.
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make something of something

 
1. to make an interpretation of something. What do you make of this letter? Look through this and see what sense you make of it.
2. to turn an incident into a dispute. (Usually with it. Often as an invitation to fight. See also make something (out) of something.) Do you want to make something of it? He looks like he wants to make something of it.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

make of

v.
1. To create or fashion something from something else: All that practice will make a good player of you. This statue is made of clay.
2. To consider something to be true of something or someone. Used chiefly as a question or in the passive: What do you make of these little pieces of wood? Not much was made of the evidence they found.
See also: make, of
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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