a temporary expedient or substitute:
We used boxes as a makeshift while the kitchen chairs were being painted.
Also, makeshifty. serving as, or of the nature of, a makeshift.
serving as a temporary or expedient means, esp during an emergency
something serving in this capacity
also make-shift, 1560s, as a noun, “shifty person, rogue,” from make (v.) + shift (v.). Adjectival sense of “substitute” is first recorded 1680s. Cf. make-sport “a laughing stock” (1610s).
- Make someone look good
Cause someone to appear in a favorable light, as in Harry’s staff does most of the important work and makes him look good.
- 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 […]
- 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+)