make do with
- Use something less satisfactory as an alternative.
“There were no chairs to sit on so we had to make do with a pile of boxes.“
- Move in the direction of; head for.
“Let’s make for the exit before the crowd starts to leave.”
make fun of
- Laugh at ; make jokes about.
“The old lady dresses so strangely that the children make fun of her.”
- Convert or change into.
“We’re going to make our garage into a playroom.”
- Have an opinion about something.
“What do you make of his latest suggestion?”
make off with
- Steal and hurry away.
“A young man made off with my briefcase while I was checking the timetable.”
- Be able to hear or read something.
“I need glasses! I can’t make out what’s written on the board.”
- Fill in the details (e.g. cheque).
“Please make out the cheque to ABC Wizards.”
make oneself out (to be)
- Claim to be/pretend to be.
“In an attempt to find more details, he made himself out to be a journalist .”
- Legally make someone the owner of something.
Before she died she made over all her property to her children.
- Invent (excuse, story).
“Some employees make up excuses when they arrive late for work.”
- Prepare a bed for use.
“You can stay here tonight. I’ll make up a bed for you in the spare room.”
- Form, constitute.
“In your opinion what qualities make up his character?”
- Put on powder, lipstick, etc.
“Cynthia spends ages making herself up/putting on make-up.”
make up (with)
- End a quarrel and become friends again.
“Come on you two! It’s time to shake hands and make up.”
make up for
- Compensate for.
“If I work longer the next few days I can make up for the time I was absent.”
- Reduce the price.
“The coat was marked down by 40% – a real bargain!”
miss out on
- Lose an opportunity to do something.
“What a shame. If you leave before Saturday you’ll miss out on the party.”
- Mistake one thing or person for another.
“I don’t know the members’ names yet. I tend to mix them up.”
- Arrive in a new home or office.
“You’ve bought a new house? When are you moving in?”
- Leave your home/office for another one.
“My neighbour is leaving. He’s moving out next Saturday.”
- Make someone say something precisely.
“Alex promised to come for a week-end but we’ll have to nail him down to a date.”
- Give the same name as another person.
“My husband wanted William to be named after his grandfather.”
- Reduce a list or a number of options.
“The list of suspects has been narrowed down to three people.”
- Fall asleep.
“My grandfather very often nods off in front of the television.”
- Try to discover by searching.
“The boss hates people nosing around his desk.”
- Write something down.
“I’ll call the station and note down the departure times.”