meaning of make due


I just heard this phrase in a movie:

…trying to figure out how to make due on my promises…

Does “make due” mean “make good”? Or does it mean something else?


Are you sure it was ‘make due’ and not ‘make do’?

In other words, I’m trying to figure out how to get by on promises that have been made to me, because there is a shortage of physical support.
There is no concrete support so we will have to make do on promises.

It’s a long shot, I know…

Hi Bev,

Thank you!

I thought of it too (after all “due” and “do” are homophones), but the promises weren’t made to the speaker but by the speaker. The whole phrase reads (I took it from a transcript I found on the internet):

I spent the rest of the night trying to figure out how to make due on my promises to Joy’s friends.

The long and the short of it is that the guy in question (named Earl) had made several promises to Joy’s friends but then he realized that it would be darn hard to deliver on them. So he was trying to figure out how to go about this difficult task.

Ah, right. Then it looks as if your original intuition was good.

That’s ‘My Name is Earl’, right? There may be a transcription error, or the actor may have muffed his line. It should read ‘make good on my promises…’

Thank you guys!

That is correct.
Season 4 to be precise. :slight_smile:

I don’t know which seasons I’ve seen. We get US TV series late and in no particular order in Japan.