make like

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Originally a US regionalism; compare earlier make as if.

Verb[edit]

make like

  1. (colloquial, chiefly US, with clause) To behave as though.
    • 2004, Hannah Pool, "The new black", The Guardian, 3 Jan 2004:
      Make like we're getting married and repeat after me, "2004 is the year I will moisturise daily".
  2. (colloquial, chiefly US, with a noun) To behave in the manner of.
    • 1947, "The Great Salesman", Time, 10 Feb 1947:
      In his office is an eight-foot bull whip; Ed likes to snap it around and make like a slave-driver.

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