Make a pass at

Flirt or make advances to someone, especially of a sexual nature, as in “Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses” (Dorothy Parker, Not So Deep As A Well, 1936). [ 1920s ]
Also, take a pass at. Make an attempt, as in I’ve made a pass at opening it but had no luck, or Jake, will you take a pass at changing the oil? This usage employs pass in the sense of a “jab” or “poke.” [ ; 1900s ]
Also see: make a stab at


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  • Make a pass at someone

    verb phrase To make a sexual advance; proposition, PUT A MOVE ON someone: He got high one time and made a pass at her [1928+; fr early 1800s in the sense of ”strike at, attack”]

  • Make a pig of oneself

    Overeat, as in I really made a pig of myself at the buffet. [ ; 1940s ] Also see: pig out

  • Make a pile

    see: make a bundle

  • Make a pitch

    verb phrase To make a persuasive case; advocate strongly •Do a pitch in the same sense is found by 1876: The theatrical agent came in and made a pitch for her client (1960s+)

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