make do
phrasal to get along or manage with the means at hand

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • make do — ► make do manage with the limited means available. Main Entry: ↑make …   English terms dictionary

  • make-do — make′ do adj. n. pl. dos 1) cvb used as a substitute; makeshift 2) cvb something makeshift • Etymology: 1890–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • make do — verb come to terms with (Freq. 1) We got by on just a gallon of gas They made do on half a loaf of bread every day • Syn: ↑cope, ↑get by, ↑make out, ↑contend, ↑grapple, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • make do — we have precious little but we make do we ll have to make do with just one income Syn: scrape by, get by, manage, cope, survive, muddle through, improvise, make ends meet, keep the wolf from the door, keep one s head above water; informal make… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • make do — v. (D; intr.) to make do with ( to manage with ) (we ll have to make do with this stove) * * * (D; intr.) to make do with (we ll have to make do with this stove; to manage with ) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • make do — {v. phr.} To use a poor substitute when one does not have the right thing. * /John did not have a hammer, and he had to make do with a heavy rock./ * /This motel isn t what we wanted, but we must make do./ * /Many families manage to make do on… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make do — {v. phr.} To use a poor substitute when one does not have the right thing. * /John did not have a hammer, and he had to make do with a heavy rock./ * /This motel isn t what we wanted, but we must make do./ * /Many families manage to make do on… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make\ do — v. phr. To use a poor substitute when one does not have the right thing. John did not have a hammer, and he had to make do with a heavy rock. This motel isn t what we wanted, but we must make do. Many families manage to make do on very little… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • make do — Synonyms and related words: beget, breed, bring forth, bring into being, call into being, change, change for, coin, commute, compound for, conceive, concoct, contrive, cook up, cope, design, develop, devise, discover, do with, dream up, dub in,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • make-do — /mayk dooh /, n., pl. make dos, adj. n. 1. something that serves as a substitute, esp. of an inferior or expedient nature: We had to get along with make dos during the war. adj. 2. used as a substitute; makeshift: make do curtains. [1890 95] * *… …   Universalium

  • make-do — adjective Date: 1923 makeshift • make do noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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