make advances

1

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]

2

Approach amorously or sexually, as in His wife accused him of making advances to the nanny. [c. 1700] Also see make a pass at.


Nearby words

  1. make a stab at,
  2. make a stand,
  3. make a statement,
  4. make a stink,
  5. make a virtue of necessity,
  6. make after,
  7. make allowance for,
  8. make amends,
  9. make an appearance,
  10. make an appointment

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