Assign someone to a particular office or position, as in When the head of White House security resigned, it was up to the President to make an appointment. [ Mid-1800s ]
Schedule a meeting with someone, as in Do I need to make another appointment with the doctor? [ Mid-1700s ]
- Make an ass of
see: make a fool of
[meyk-uh n-breyk] /ˈmeɪk ənˈbreɪk/ adjective 1. noting or pertaining to a device, operated by an electric current, for automatically opening or closing a circuit once it has been closed or opened by a mechanical springlike device, as in a doorbell.
- Make an example of
Punish someone so as to be a warning to others, as in The teacher made an example of the boy she caught cheating, or The judge imposed a tough sentence to make an example of the car thieves. This usage is first recorded in John Wycliffe’s followers’ translation of the Bible (c. 1382).
- Make an exhibition of oneself
Show off or otherwise embarrass oneself in public, as in When Mike has too much to drink he’s apt to make an exhibition of himself. The first recorded use of this term was in Charles Dickens’s A Child’s History of England (1853).