"make landfall"

e.g, The hurricane made landfall.

I know what "landfall" means.

I know "make landfall" means "to reach or hit or strike a certain area." But I can't understand well the meaning of "make" in the expression, as I am not a native English speaker.

I wonder how native English speaker perceives it.

Please don't give the answer that "It's just idiom."

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    'Made' can be interpreted to mean 'achieved'. Commented Sep 18, 2019 at 7:00
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    ... or "accomplished". Commented Sep 18, 2019 at 9:26

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I am not a native speaker, but the way I understand this phrase is through the way of analogy. I think the meaning of "make", as in "make landfall", is close to its meaning in "I've made it." or "He makes a really good teacher." It denotes the achievement of a certain result. Hope that helps.

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    +1. There is also the following usage of “make”: “This train will make the border by sunrise.” (This seems to be a variant of “make it to + a place.” (ARRIVE or REACH) Commented Sep 18, 2019 at 10:42

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