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make out (4)

Meaning: to create a false idea or image of someone or something

For example:

  • make sb/sth out to be sth Britney thinks the media made her out to be a bit crazy in order to sell more newspapers.

  • be made out to be sth Some people say the threat from certain countries has been made out to be much more serious than it really is.

Quick Quiz:

The advertisement was deceptive. It made the apartments out to be
  1. better than they really are
  2. worse than they really are
  3. dirtier than they really are

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