make the first move

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of make the first move

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

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

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

  2. : brand

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

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

  2. : earliest

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

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

  2. : in the first place

  3. : for the first time

  1. : one that is number one in a series — see Table of Numbers

  2. : something that is first: such as

  3. : the first occurrence or item of a kind

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

  2. : to proceed toward a certain state or condition

  3. : to become transferred during play

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

  2. : the turn of a player to move

  3. : a step taken especially to gain an objective : maneuver


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