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.

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