make mouths

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make mouths (third-person singular simple present makes mouths, present participle making mouths, simple past and past participle made mouths)

  1. (dated, usually with "at") To make faces (at someone), to fun (of someone), to laugh (at someone).
    • 1603, William Shakespeare,Hamlet, Act IV, scene IV:
      Witness this army of such mass and charge
      Led by a delicate and tender prince,
      Whose spirit with divine ambition puffed
      Makes mouths at the invisible event,
      Exposing what is mortal and unsure
      To all that fortune, death, and danger dare,
      Even for an eggshell.
    • 1899, Kate Chopin, The Awakening, page 85:
      She was saucy the next [moment], moving her head up and down, making "eyes" at Robert and making "mouths" at Beaudelet.

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