1. a successful robbery or swindle.
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|A Pink ’Un and a Pelican 161: Good Gordon’s beer! [...] Ernest Wells! An’ both of us at the same good old game — the ‘make’!|
|DAUL 133/1: Make, n. 1. Professional thievery in general. [...] 2. A specific robbery, especially by the craftier methods, as in confidence games, picking pockets, etc.et al.|
2. (US Und.) the proceeds of a theft or robbery.
|Enemy to Society 331: If we’re going to ‘slough’ our ‘make,’ we’ve gotta keep our eyes open for them guys.|
3. a seduction.
|Red Wind (1946) 20: ‘It’s not a make,’ I said. ‘You’re in trouble.’.‘Red Wind’ in|
4. (US) a description or an identification of a suspect, esp. through fingerprinting, photofit or other forms of police records.
|in Gangbusters [radio script] We got a make on his prints [W&F].|
|Men from the Boys (1967) 74: All Lawrence remembers is dimly seeing a guy that looked like Dick Tracy and [...] I think that Dick Tracy stuff is a good make.|
|Gentleman Junkie 128: Derry Maylor was about medium height ... this is the make on him, so dig.‘Have Coolth’|
|Cutter and Bone (2001) 36: Captain, first let me give you a short make on our witness here.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 141: No way police agencies could subpoena records, no make on incoming calls.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 61: That put enough numbers on the slate for me to get a make on the fake Samaritan [...] The guy was a wolf.|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 334: I called the DMV [...] A clerk caught the ‘DeFrzz’ stats and coughed up a make.‘Jungletown Jihad’|
5. (US) kissing, necking.
|CUSS 155: Make, Have a To neck.et al.|
6. see easy make under easy adj.
(US) to become sexually aggressive.
|Current Sl. IV:1 10: Lay the make, v. To become sexually aggressive.|
1. looking to benefit oneself, ambitious, keen to do whatever will be most useful for one’s own advancement or profit.
|Vancouver Island and British Columbia 416: The slang in vogue in the mining regions is imported mainly from California, and is often as expressive as it is original. [...] A mean and greedy man is ‘on the make’.|
|Memoirs of the US Secret Service 54: They had a soft thing of it [...] They were on the make, continually.|
|Talford. An Affair at the — Club 29: What would the Bowery boy call right? His mottto in life is, ‘I’m on the make’.|
|Truth (Sydney) 17 Mar. 1/6: Everyone appears to be ‘on the make’ in this sordid age, when all are for [...] themselves.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 24 Aug. 24/2: ’Ome doggy journal, Our Dogs, struck trouble by offering a reward, and ‘no questions asked,’ for a lost hound, whereat some caitiff ‘on the make’ set the 40-year-old Larceny Act in motion and got £50. Leave was, however, given to appeal.|
|Lighter Side of School Life 224: A newly elected Member of Parliament [...] rarely if ever addresses the House during his first session. He leaves that to Radical thrusters and Scotsmen on the make.|
|Debits and Credits (1926) 159: One of ’em was a curate—the Reverend Collins—always on the make an’ lookin’ to marry money.‘The Janeites’|
|Mystery Mile (1982) 308: Since we’re all on the make [...] I’ll give you a piece of information for your first fifty.|
|Horse’s Mouth (1948) 298: I told you I was on the make.|
|Crazy Kill 11: She worked in the chorus line [...] and she looked strictly on the make.|
|Owning Up (1974) 224: The producers [were] fed up with bandleaders on the make who were willing if necessary to kiss their rings.|
|Listening to America 11: Past boarded-up stores and pushers on the make.|
|Fixx 18: The yob on the make.|
|Truman Capote 444: He thought everyone was just like him: made up, on the make, malicious.|
|Observer Rev. 30 Jan. 2: In N.Y., where almost everyone is on the make, you’re judged solely according to your value as a contact.|
2. engaged in theft or swindling.
|It’s a Racket! 226: go on the make—Begin a career of crime.|
|DAUL 133/1: Make, n. [...] 3. ‘On the make.’ Actively pursuing a criminal career; ready to participate in any lucrative criminal venture.et al.|
|USA Confidential 5: Farmers are on the make like everyone else, to rob the railroads, beat banks and gyp consumers.|
|Urban Grimshaw 54: Everyone was on the make, out to stitch her up.|
3. seeking sexual activity.
|Bismarck (ND) Trib. 3 Nov. 4/4: A New York correspondent [...] had a dream of going down to the bay [...] to interview the Jersey Lily, who used lots of slang, and told him she was ‘on the make.’ But this was only a dream.|
|Broadway Melody 73: Francis Warriner, the best known ‘on-the-make’ party aroun’ Broadway.|
|Hollywood Girl 42: Of course he’s on the make and what of it, all men are.|
|Amboy Dukes 23: A kid who was definitely [...] on the make.|
|Run, Chico, Run (1959) 27: Other cats, they’re on the make – that’s plain enough.|
|Flat 4 King’s Cross (1966) 18: Anybody who tipped me at the Green Cat was usually drunk or on the make.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 112: [She] was talking with a guy who I knew was always on the make.|
|Listening to America 97: She was clearly on the make.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 390: tomcat. A male who is on the make or, as a verb, to chase women, from the name of the hero of a bestseller of 1760.|
|Florida Roadkill 108: Two men on the make walked up to the secretaries.|
|Robbers (2001) 25: Whoa now, Beth on the make, a good sign.|
4. (US Und.) of a police officer, willing to be bribed.
|Dock Rats of N.Y. (2006) 104: ‘Are you on the make?’ ‘What have you to offer?’ ‘You can drop to a big sum.’.|
(UK Und.) working as a criminal; indulging in some form of criminality.
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 7/2: Seeing so many different ‘schools,’ and all upon the ‘make-game,’ [he] thought it would be ‘cocum’ to ‘plant’ his stuff for safety’s sake.|
(US police) to identify a suspect.
|Underground Dict. (1972) 163: run a make [...] Conduct a police check on a person [...] done by radio.|
|Choirboys (1976) 95: Pulling the hand mike outside to run a make.|
|Secrets of Harry Bright (1986) 17: I couldn’t afford to pay them and one day one of your motor cops ran a make on me and put me in jail.|
1. (US) to assess.
|(con. 1920s) Legs 144: You always say, when you meet somebody new, the first thing you do is put the make on them, and if the figures are okay, level with them.|
2. (US) to make sexual advances.
|Rockabilly (1963) 130: He’s still putting the make on those kids, oh Shelley!|
|City of Night 14 4: That was the first guy ever put the make on me.|
|Inner City Hoodlum 37: He wondered how many dudes were trying to put the make on her.|
|Skin Tight 47: Secure enough to tell Reynaldo Flemm to go pound salt every time he put the make on her.|
|Stalker (2001) 315: Has he ever put the make on you?|
|Life 181: With English chicks it was you’re putting the make on her or she’s putting the make on you, yea or nay.|
|Gentleman Junkie 133: The Tiger had put the make to her proper.‘Have Coolth’|