To defeat definitively; trounce; clobber: They made hamburger out of the wilting opposition
[entry form 1980s+, mincemeat variant 1708+; make meat of, ”to kill,” is found by 1841]
- Make great strides
Advance considerably, make good progress, as in He made great strides in his study of Latin. Since its earliest recorded use in 1600, this expression has taken a number of forms—make a wide stride, take strides, make rapid strides. All of them transfer a long walking step to other kinds of progress.
- Make haste slowly
The quickest way to accomplish something is to proceed deliberately.
- Make head or tail of
see: can’t make head or tail of
- Make history
Do something memorable or spectacular enough to influence the course of history, as in That first space flight made history. [ Mid-1800s ]