Make something of



1.
Render important or useful; improve. For example, Dad hoped Tim would make something of himself. [ Late 1700s ]
2.
Give undue importance to something, especially a problem or disagreement, as in Ann decided to make something of it when Bob said women’s studies is not a real discipline . This usage sometimes is put as make something out of nothing , as in So what if Jim had coffee with your girlfriend—don’t make something out of nothing . For an antonym, see make nothing of , def. 1.

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  • Make something out of

    verb phrase To interpret as a cause for combat; regard as a challenge or insult: So you heard what I said, huh? You want to make something out of it? (1940s+)

  • Make something stick

    verb phrase To cause an accusation, assertion, etc, to be believed; validate or prove something: They accused him of rape, but they’ll never make it stick (1932+)



  • Make sport of

    see: make fun of

  • Make stick

    Make effective or permanent, as in They tried to appeal but our lawyers made the verdict stick. This idiom uses stick in the sense of “adhere.” [ First half of 1900s ]



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