Make an ass of



see: make a fool of

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  • Make-and-break

    [meyk-uh n-breyk] /ˈmeɪk ənˈbreɪk/ adjective 1. noting or pertaining to a device, operated by an electric current, for automatically opening or closing a circuit once it has been closed or opened by a mechanical springlike device, as in a doorbell.

  • Make an example of

    Punish someone so as to be a warning to others, as in The teacher made an example of the boy she caught cheating, or The judge imposed a tough sentence to make an example of the car thieves. This usage is first recorded in John Wycliffe’s followers’ translation of the Bible (c. 1382).



  • Make an exhibition of oneself

    Show off or otherwise embarrass oneself in public, as in When Mike has too much to drink he’s apt to make an exhibition of himself. The first recorded use of this term was in Charles Dickens’s A Child’s History of England (1853).

  • Make an exception

    Exempt someone or something from a general rule or practice, as in Because it’s your birthday, I’ll make an exception and let you stay up as late as you want. This expression was first recorded about 1391.



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