On the make
Make Make, n. Structure, texture, constitution of parts; construction; shape; form. [1913 Webster]

It our perfection of so frail a make As every plot can undermine and shake? --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{On the make}, (a) bent upon making great profits; greedy of gain. [Low, U. S.] (b) seeking higher social status or a higher employment position. (c) seeking a sexual partner; looking for sexual adventure. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • on the make — {adj.}, {slang} 1. Promiscuous or aggressive in one s sexual advances. * /I can t stand Murray; he s always on the make./ 2. Pushing to get ahead in one s career; doing anything to succeed. * /The new department head is a young man on the make,… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the make — {adj.}, {slang} 1. Promiscuous or aggressive in one s sexual advances. * /I can t stand Murray; he s always on the make./ 2. Pushing to get ahead in one s career; doing anything to succeed. * /The new department head is a young man on the make,… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the make — phrasal 1. in the process of forming, growing, or improving 2. in quest of a higher social or financial status 3. in search of sexual adventure …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • On the road — On On ([o^]n), prep. [OE. on, an, o, a, AS. on, an; akin to D. aan, OS. & G. an, OHG. ana, Icel. [=a], Sw. [*a], Goth. ana, Russ. na, L. an , in anhelare to pant, Gr. ana , Zend ana. [root]195. Cf. {A }, 1, {Ana }, {Anon}.] The general… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • On the way — On On ([o^]n), prep. [OE. on, an, o, a, AS. on, an; akin to D. aan, OS. & G. an, OHG. ana, Icel. [=a], Sw. [*a], Goth. ana, Russ. na, L. an , in anhelare to pant, Gr. ana , Zend ana. [root]195. Cf. {A }, 1, {Ana }, {Anon}.] The general… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • On the wind — On On ([o^]n), prep. [OE. on, an, o, a, AS. on, an; akin to D. aan, OS. & G. an, OHG. ana, Icel. [=a], Sw. [*a], Goth. ana, Russ. na, L. an , in anhelare to pant, Gr. ana , Zend ana. [root]195. Cf. {A }, 1, {Ana }, {Anon}.] The general… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • On the wing — On On ([o^]n), prep. [OE. on, an, o, a, AS. on, an; akin to D. aan, OS. & G. an, OHG. ana, Icel. [=a], Sw. [*a], Goth. ana, Russ. na, L. an , in anhelare to pant, Gr. ana , Zend ana. [root]195. Cf. {A }, 1, {Ana }, {Anon}.] The general… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • On the Beach (novel) — On the Beach   1st edition cover …   Wikipedia

  • on the move — {adj.} or {adv. phr.} 1. Moving around from place to place; in motion. * /It was a very cold day, and the teacher watching the playground kept on the move to stay warm./ * /It was vacation time, and the highways were full of families on the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the shelf — {adv.} or {adj. phr.}, {informal} Laid aside; not useful anymore. * /When a girl grows up, she puts childish habits on the shelf./ * /Mr. Myron s company put him on the shelf when he reached the age of 65./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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