Various pretensions and desperate believings manufactured, brainwashed and clung to in order to compensate for and quell the fear of THE UNKNOWN. Usually take the form of religions and cults.
1. Omar had been brainwashed into the way of the crescent moon prophet from an early age and was firmly entrenched in his make beliefs.
2. When Donna hit bottom in Key West; her anxiety and desperation led her to Jesus and a ready made group of make beliefs.
3. Even though raised Roman Catholic, Madonna gravitated to Caballa and other Judaic nuances to fill a void in her system of make beliefs.
Ordinarily used by Yankees as an offensive term for Canadians, especially in reference to sports teams as make beliefs sounds a lot like the Maple Leafs of Toronto (a Canadian ice hockey club) and the Maple Leaf is the national symbol of Canada.
Yankee: The Make Beliefs shouldn't even be a part ofthe NHL. They're not even American.
Canadian: Quit trying to Yank my chain. You Septic Tanks just can't accept your repeated failed attempts at Global dominance.