make a kiling = make a lot of money
Todd made a killing selling real estate before the housing market collapsed.
make a move = decide to do something and then act.
When are you going to make a move on Tiffany and ask her out?
make for = to provide; to set the proper conditions.
A two-hour storm with lots of thunder and lightning made for a very entertaining evening.
make good = to do something as a result of a promise or a guarantee.
He’s finally making good on his promise to lose some weight.
make it = to be successful; to become rich or famous or both .
Although his father was a well-known actor, David wanted to make it on his own.
make it by = get past; get around someone
I can’t make it by the car ahead of me, so I’ll just have to sit here and wait.
make it big = to become successful in business.
If you want to make it big in the entertainment world, it’s a good idea to live in Los Angeles.
make it through = to tolerate a bad situation; to survive adversity.
Patty tried to make it through the day at work with a bad headache, but finally she just went home to rest.
make my day = to result in happiness; a happy moment during the day.
The boss told everyone to go home at noon. That really made my day.
make of = to come to a conclusion; to analyze a situation.
What do the police investigators make of the accident? Do they know who was at fault yet?
make out = result; to determine the final amount, usually used with money.
A: How did your company make out last year?
B: We showed a small profit.
make out = kiss
A couple of teenagers were caught making out in the back seat of a parked car.
make time = to travel, quickly or slowly.
We made good time during our flight to Washington and arrived an hour early.
make up = to resolve differences; to end a fight and begin the relationship anew.
Kent and Michael decided to make up and be friends again after a terrible fight on the playground.
make up for lost time = to spend time with someone after a long absence.
After two years of serving in the military in Iraq, Don went home and tried to make up for lost time with his kids.
make use of = to use or to understand
I can’t make use of these clothes, so I think I’ll donate them to Goodwill.
make waves = to cause some problems; to ask questions or comments that might bother people in positions of authority.
When Renaldo started to make waves within the company, they quickly fired him.