make it up to (someone)


: to do something helpful or good for (someone one has hurt or treated wrongly)
He'd neglected his children and wanted to make it up to them by spending more time with them.

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Recent Examples on the Web Also a standout is Wendy Maples as Claire, Catherine’s older sister, who has escaped the burden of caring for their dad but hopes to make it up to Catherine by inviting her to come live with her in New York. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Nov. 2023 Phoebe sadly learns that her dead Christmas trees go into the chopper, and Ross accidentally breaks a Girl Scout's (Mae Whitman) leg and is forced to sell the cookies himself to make it up to her. Eric Todisco, Peoplemag, 7 Dec. 2023 Voters who can’t make it up to L.A. regularly for screenings and events can celebrate in their own backyard. Jenelle Riley, Variety, 12 Oct. 2023 And hey, victims of the MGM cyberattack — Larry Flynt's Hustler Club has a little something to make it up to you. Fox News, 16 Oct. 2023 The film follows loving mom, Paulette, who feels guilty after unfairly punishing her daughter Linda and would do anything to make it up to her. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 2 Oct. 2023 An Ohio teen missed her homecoming dance after undergoing surgery for a brain tumor, so a group of caregivers went out of their way to make it up to her. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 27 Sep. 2023 Feel free to make it up to two days in advance; the flavors will meld as the salsa rests in the fridge. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 26 Sep. 2023 Madonna regrets the inconvenience to fans and hopes to make it up to those markets in the future. Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press, 15 Aug. 2023 See More

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“Make it up to (someone).” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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