put the make on

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put the make on

  1. (transitive) To pursue with romantic interest, especially in an aggressive, sexually suggestive manner.
    • 1978, "High Steppin' to stardom (Film review of Saturday Night Fever)," Time, 3 Apr.,
      His girl—the one he has been trying unsuccessfully to put the make on—hears the longing and the edge of desperation in his voice and kisses him on the cheek.

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