make do

Meaning(s)

1. do what is possible with what is available or at hand

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make do with the situation

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The phrase 'make do' means to manage or survive with the resources one has available to them. "As a student, I had to make do on $80 a week." "We didn't have a car when I was young, so we had to make do with lifts from the neighbours, walking and taking the bus." As an adjective, something 'make-do' serves its purpose temporarily. Something 'make do' may not be the most ideal solution, but it is an acceptable one. "Stranded in the forest overnight, we built a make-do shelter to keep us warm."

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  1. Whatever problem comes your way, you have to make do with your situation in order to be successful.
  2. The teacher didn't have extra money for materials, so she had to make do with what the school already had lying around.

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  1. When the company started we didn't have the capital to buy expensive machines so we had to make do with what we had.
  2. In one of our stores, we ran out of gift-wrap at Christmas time, so one of our quick-thinking employees made do with some coloured handkerchiefs. Our customers loved it and now it is part of our signature look, customers identify us with our unique packaging.

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