on the make


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Agatha Christie.

‘How beastly you are, Joanna!’​
‘I’m only on the make, like everyone else.’​
‘I’m not on the make!’​
‘<—> You don’t have to be sordid when good-looking, middle-aged American trustees pay you over a vast allowance every quarter.’​

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  • kentix

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    "On the make" has a negative tinge to it. It can imply you are taking advantage of people or bending or breaking the rules (or social expectations) to get what you want. Notice in the excerpt she uses the word "sordid".