- Make a silk purse
see: can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
- Make a splash
verb phrase To produce a strong and usually favorable impression; be very conspicuous: That’s the book that made such a big splash a couple of years ago (1820+)
- Make a stab at
Try to do something, as in I don’t know the answer but I’ll make a stab at it. This expression derives from stab in the sense of “a vigorous thrust.” [ Late 1800s ] Also see: make a pass at, def. 2.
- Make a stab at something
verb phrase To make an attempt; have a try: I’ve never done this before, but I’ll make a stab at it (1895+)