I read in a book a sentence "Winston made for the stairs. It was no use trying the lift". The understanding seems to be clear. I can think of a man who decided to use the stairs to lift upstairs. There is also a picture of a man going towards the stairs. In such a scenario I can think of it as a synonym for "to head towards".
I tried to make up simple sentences with "to make for", but I couldn't (Let's make for Tim!, for example). That particular context is the only thing I can think of. Finally, I have realized that the concept, the idea behind it is unclear to me.
What does it actually mean? How to use it?
If I was right about guessing the meaning, can it mean something else?