make much

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make much (of)

  1. (usually with "of") To emphasize, put much value on.
    • 2004, Markman Ellis, The Politics of Sensibility (page 74)
      Many readers too, have made much of the signifying force of the connection between Sterne and the starling.
  2. (usually with "of") To give fond attention to; to cosset.
    • 2012, Albert Payson Terhune, Bruce (page 119)
      Usually, on such visits, the colonel made much of the dog. Today he merely glanced up abstractedly from his writing, at sight of Bruce's silken head at his side.