Make a clean sweep

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Make a bee­line for some­one or some­thing to go di­rectly to some­one or some­thing as soon as you ar­rive

He made a bee­line for the booth as soon as he ar­rived.

Make a clean sweep to get rid of ev­ery­thing or ev­ery­one to start anew

I’m afraid we’ll have to make a clean sweep and start over.

Make a come­back to be­come suc­cess­ful again af­ter hav­ing been away from the scene or so­ci­ety for a long time

Tom Jones has made a come­back as a pop singer.

Make a face con­tort your face, make a strange ex­pres­sion of­ten used with ‘at some­one’

Don’t make a face at me! I know you’re not happy.

Make a fool out of some­one to trick some­one and make them look bad

She made a fool out of him and then left him for an­other man.

Make a fuss to pay a lot of at­ten­tion to some­one or some­thing

I’m afraid I make a bit of a fuss over my plants in the gar­den.

Make a go of it to be­come suc­cess­ful, have suc­cess in busi­ness

It took us a few years to make a go of it, but ev­ery­thing’s fine now.

Make a killing to earn a lot of money They made a killing in real es­tate and re­tired. Make a liv­ing to earn money in a pro­fes­sion or trade He makes a liv­ing sell­ing in­sur­ance to the el­derly.

Make a name for one­self to be­come fa­mous

Jen­nifer made a name for her­self as an ac­tress on Broad­way.

Make a point to make some­thing un­der­stood to oth­ers The pre­sen­ta­tion made the point that you need to start sav­ing early in life.

Make a run for it to try to es­cape from a bad sit­u­a­tion, or just from the rain or some­thing equally un­pleas­ant

Let’s make a run for those trees over there be­fore the storm ar­rives.

Make a scene to be­come very up­set and vo­cal so that oth­ers no­tice you

Don’t make a scene about the bill. Let’s go home and talk about it.

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