Make light of some­thing

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Make a stink to com­plain loudly about some­thing She made a stink to hu­man re­sources af­ter she didn’t get the pro­mo­tion.

I’ll go down to the store and make a stink about this!

Make an ex­am­ple of some­one To do some­thing neg­a­tive to some­one in or­der that oth­ers un­der­stand that they should not do the same

The boss de­cided to fire him to make an ex­am­ple of him to the other em­ploy­ees.

I’m afraid he made an ex­am­ple of her and she started to cry in front of ev­ery­body.

Make an ex­cep­tion usu­ally the rule

I’ll make an ex­cep­tion this one time. Next time, don’t for­get your home­work.

Can you make an ex­cep­tion and let me take the test next week?

to not do some­thing that is

Make ar­range­ments to do ev­ery­thing needed in or­der to be sure that some­thing is done prop­erly I’ll make ar­range­ments for this to be shipped to Ja­pan. We made ar­range­ments for the meet­ing next week.

Make ends meet to earn enough money to pay the bills

He works as an English tu­tor to make ends meet. You might not get rich, but you’ll cer­tainly make ends meet.

Make fun of to joke at the ex­pense of some­one He made fun of her makeup and she be­gan to cry. Don’t make fun of Peter! He’s a great guy! Make good on some­thing to do some­thing you have promised or feel you owe some­one

Let me make good on it by tak­ing you out to din­ner. Ja­son made good on the prom­ise af­ter two weeks.

Make light of some­thing se­ri­ous

I think you need to make light of the whole sit­u­a­tion. What good does it do to worry so much?

They made light of the mis­take and con­tin­ued with the job.

to joke about some­thing

Make mis­chief trou­ble

The boys made mis­chief over the hol­i­days and were grounded for three days.

I know you’re mak­ing mis­chief. I can see the twin­kle in your eye.

to do some­thing naughty, to get in

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