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Difference between Do a number on someone and Make one’s number with someone

do a number on someone—(sl.)

1. deceive or treat a person unfairly:

  • Caroline doesn’t like him. He really did a number on her at work.

2. speak or write of smb. with disdain; slander a person:

  • They did a number on Ridpath. They printed damaging statements.

3. totally defeat a person or team:

  • The Irish team are looking to do a number on England in Dublin tomorrow.

make one’s number with someone—(sl.) socialize with a usually superior person (in order to make oneself known, remembered, etc.):

  • He was one of the boys on the campaign bus who made his number with would-be presidents.