Put up security as an assurance that someone released from prison will appear for trial, as in He didn’t think he could make bail for his brother. The use of bail for “security” was first recorded in 1495.
[meyk-beyt] /ˈmeɪkˌbeɪt/ noun, Archaic. 1. a person who causes contention or discord.
[meyk-bi-leev] /ˈmeɪk bɪˌliv/ noun 1. pretense, especially of an innocent or playful kind; feigning; sham: the make-believe of children playing. 2. a pretender; a person who pretends. adjective 3. pretended; feigned; imaginary; made-up; unreal: a make-believe world of fantasy. n. “pretence,” 1811, from make (v.) + believe. As an adjective by 1824.
- Make book on something
verb phrase To bet on; offer odds on: This time she really means it, and you can make book on that (1940s+)
- Make capital out of
Use profitably, turn to account, as in The challengers made capital out of the President’s signing a bill that increased taxes. This expression, first recorded in 1855, uses capital in the sense of “material wealth used to create more wealth.”