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    what does the make one's case mean??

    Obama, just back from a week-long trip to Europe and Africa, used a Rose Garden ceremony to make his case for the healthcare revamp and to tell his critics they should not write him off too soon on the subject.

    Does the "make his case" mean that he addresses for the healthcare revamp??

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    Re: what does the make one's case mean??

    Quote Originally Posted by Coraline View Post
    Obama, just back from a week-long trip to Europe and Africa, used a Rose Garden ceremony to make his case for the healthcare revamp and to tell his critics they should not write him off too soon on the subject.

    Does the "make his case" mean that he addresses for the healthcare revamp??

    Thank you for your help!
    To 'make one's case' means to state one's arguments for a certain point of view.
    For example if A and B wanted to go out that night; and A wanted to go to the movies, but B wanted to go dancing, the following conversation is possible:
    A: I'd prefer the movies, but I'm willing to hear your case for dancing.
    B: Okay, we both need exercise, and we went to the movies last time. Do you have a good case for the movies?
    A: Well, I can make a very good case for not going dancing. I fell over today and sprained my ankle.

    It's not used so often in informal contexts like this, but that is the meaning.

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