To make someone very happy: “You won first prize? Now that really makes my day!” The saying dates to the beginning of the twentieth century, but it gained popularity with its use by Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry movies and, later, by President Ronald Reagan.
Go ahead and do what you appear to threaten, so that I can trounce you and have a successful day: ”Make my day” is much used in the New York subway system, where life is raw and tempers are short
[1971+; popularized by the movie star Clint Eastwood, who used the line in one of his Dirty Harry police thrillers]
see: make one’s day
[nahys] /naɪs/ adjective, nicer, nicest. 1. pleasing; agreeable; delightful: a nice visit. 2. amiably pleasant; kind: They are always nice to strangers. 3. characterized by, showing, or requiring great accuracy, precision, skill, tact, care, or delicacy: nice workmanship; a nice shot; a nice handling of a crisis. 4. showing or indicating very small differences; minutely […]
- Make no bones about it
To be blunt and candid about something: “The teacher made no bones about the rigorous requirements for the seminar.”
- Make no difference
see: make a difference , def. 3.
- Make no mistake
Have no doubt, certainly, as in Make no mistake—I’ll vote Republican no matter who runs. [ Mid-1800s ] Also see: get someone wrong