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make advances

Attempt to make someone's acquaintance or make overtures, as in The ambassador knew that the ministers would soon make advances to him. [ Late 1600s ]
Approach amorously or sexually, as in His wife accused him of making advances to the nanny. [ c. 1700 ]
Also see: make a pass at
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  • He was not just then in a mood either to make advances or to receive them.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • The family of the young man should be the first to make advances.

    The Etiquette of To-day Edith B. Ordway
  • It was not her place to make advances, all too likely to be rebuffed.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • For there are few men in the world who make advances where there is no encouragement.

    Ernest Maltravers, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Then the Duke of Shrewsbury said he thought that Duke was not used to make advances.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • In order to make advances the most diverse methods were used, as was said before.

  • For a moment he was afraid that she was going to make advances, but she passed on.

    A Virgin Heart Remy de Gourmont
  • They have not been willing to make advances on farms that cannot be made to pay.

    One Irish Summer William Eleroy Curtis
  • It was so difficult for her to make advances, so fatally easy for him to rebuff them.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale

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