make the first move

Definition of make the first move

  1. :  to act first He was waiting for her to make the first move.

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

firstplay
  1. :  preceding all others in time, order, or importance: such as

    :  earliest

    :  being the lowest forward gear or speed of a motor vehicle

  1. :  before another in time, space, or importance

    :  for the first time

    :  in preference to something else :  sooner

  1. :  something that is first: such as

    :  the first occurrence or item of a kind

    :  the first forward gear or speed of a motor vehicle

moveplay
  1. :  to go or pass to another place or in a certain direction with a continuous motion

    :  to proceed toward a certain state or condition

    :  to become transferred during play

  1. :  the act of moving a piece (as in chess)

    :  the turn of a player to move

    :  a step taken especially to gain an objective :  maneuver


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