Make a day of it

Also, make a night of it. Devote a day (or night) to some pleasurable pursuit, as in Now that we’re at the beach, let’s make a day of it, or Since they missed the seven o’clock train, they decided to make a night of it. [ Mid-1600s ]


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  • Make a difference

    1. Distinguish or discriminate. This phrase appears in the Bible (Leviticus 11:47): “To make a difference between the unclean and the clean.” [ Late 1500s ] 2. Also, make the difference. Cause a change in effect, change the nature of something, as in His score on this test will make the difference between passing and […]

  • Make advances

    1. Attempt to make someone’s acquaintance or make overtures, as in The ambassador knew that the ministers would soon make advances to him. [ Late 1600s ] 2. Approach amorously or sexually, as in His wife accused him of making advances to the nanny. [ c. 1700 ] Also see: make a pass at

  • Make a federal case out of something

    verb phrase To overemphasize the importance of something; exaggerate or overreact; blow up: I merely bought a new car, so don’t try to make a Federal case out of it [1950s+; popularized after being spoken by a judge in the 1959 movie Anatomy of a Murder]

  • Make a fool of

    Also, make an ass or monkey out of. Cause someone or oneself to look foolish or stupid. For example, John doesn’t mind making a fool of himself at parties, or They made an ass of me by giving me the wrong instructions, or Just watch him make a monkey out of this amateur chess player. […]

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