Green’s Dictionary of Slang

make n.2

[make v.]

1. [mid-19C–1950s] a successful robbery or swindle.

2. [1910s–60s] (US Und.) the proceeds of a theft or robbery.

3. [1930s+] a seduction.

4. [1950s+] (US) a description or an identification of a suspect, esp. through fingerprinting, photofit or other forms of police records.

5. [1960s+] (US) kissing, necking.

6. see easy make under easy adj.

In phrases

lay the make on (v.)

[1960s+] (US) to become sexually aggressive.

on the make (orig. US)

1. [mid-19C+] looking to benefit oneself, ambitious, keen to do whatever will be most useful for one’s own advancement or profit.

2. [mid-19C+] engaged in theft or swindling.

3. [late 19C+] seeking sexual activity.

4. [1900s] (US Und.) of a police officer, willing to be bribed.

on the make-game [game n. (4)]

[mid-19C] (UK Und.) working as a criminal; indulging in some form of criminality.

run a make (on) (v.)

[1970s+] (US police) to identify a suspect.

put the make on (v.)

1. [1920s] (US) to assess.

2. [1950s+] (US) to make sexual advances.

put the make to (v.)

[1960s ] to describe.