make for

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make for

  1. Have or cause to have a particular effect; also, help promote or further. For example, That letter of yours will make for hard feelings in the family, or This system makes for better communication. [Early 1500s]

  2. Go toward, as in They turned around and made for home. This usage originated in the late 1500s, but was not widely used until the 1800s. Also see made for.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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