Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

on the make

Definition of on the make

informal + often disapproving

  1. 1 :  trying to get more money or power <He doesn't trust anyone in the movie business. He thinks that everyone in Hollywood is always on the make.>

  2. 2 :  trying to get sex <a beautiful woman who's often approached by guys on the make>



Word by Word Definitions

makeplay
  1. :  behave, act

    :  to begin or seem to begin (an action)

    :  to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. :  the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

    :  brand

    :  the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up on the make? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).