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make advances

1.
Attempt to make someone's acquaintance or make overtures, as in The ambassador knew that the ministers would soon make advances to him. [ Late 1600s ]
2.
Approach amorously or sexually, as in His wife accused him of making advances to the nanny. [ c. 1700 ]
Also see: make a pass at
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