Friday, Pluto releases Saturn from its grip, allowing you to make nice with others.
Anna Nemtsova speaks with Bidzina Ivanishvili, the Georgian leader who wants to make nice with Russia—and join NATO.
The Dixie Chicks' Not Ready to make nice won Record of the Year that year.
Cruz also didn't go out of his way to make nice with establishment Republican.
It was vitally important, as it were, to make nice with ICE.
We love to talk better than anything else in the world, and we could make nice speeches, too.
You hear, he very hungry snake, and you make nice tea for him.
Fruit must be of fine flavor and ripe, though not soft, to make nice canned fruit.
Our great Creator has made the corn grow, to make nice food for the use of man.
He says down in Jersey they make nice quince-jelly out of apple-parings, and said 't was true, for he'd eaten some.
late 13c., "foolish, stupid, senseless," from Old French nice (12c.) "careless, clumsy; weak; poor, needy; simple, stupid, silly, foolish," from Latin nescius "ignorant, unaware," literally "not-knowing," from ne- "not" (see un-) + stem of scire "to know" (see science). "The sense development has been extraordinary, even for an adj." [Weekley] -- from "timid" (pre-1300); to "fussy, fastidious" (late 14c.); to "dainty, delicate" (c.1400); to "precise, careful" (1500s, preserved in such terms as a nice distinction and nice and early); to "agreeable, delightful" (1769); to "kind, thoughtful" (1830).
"In many examples from the 16th and 17th centuries it is difficult to say in what particular sense the writer intended it to be taken." [OED]By 1926, it was pronounced "too great a favorite with the ladies, who have charmed out of it all its individuality and converted it into a mere diffuser of vague and mild agreeableness." [Fowler]
"I am sure," cried Catherine, "I did not mean to say anything wrong; but it is a nice book, and why should I not call it so?"
"Very true," said Henry, "and this is a very nice day, and we are taking a very nice walk; and you are two very nice young ladies. Oh! It is a very nice word indeed! It does for everything." [Jane Austen, "Northanger Abbey," 1803]
To pet; cosset, caress: Public officials make nice to politicians they cannot stand because they need their goodwill
[1970s+; perhaps fr Yiddish syntax]