make mark

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make one's mark

to do something that allows one to receive appropriate recognition. Perry made his mark by inventing a special kind of holder for a cell phone.
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make your mark

also make a mark
to be successful or famous She played several sports in school, but it was in basketball that she made her mark.
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make your/a mark

to make people notice you or to have an important effect on something (sometimes + as ) Mr Sorrell first made his mark as finance director at Wimpole and Soames. (often + on ) Richards made a tremendous mark on Australian cricket during 1985.
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References in classic literature ?
And now,'' said Locksley, ``I will crave your Grace's permission to plant such a mark as is used in the North Country; and welcome every brave yeoman who shall try a shot at it to win a smile from the bonny lass he loves best.
My grandsire,'' said Hubert, ``drew a good bow at the battle of Hastings, and never shot at such a mark in his life and neither will I.
Sirrah Locksley, do thou shoot; but, if thou hittest such a mark, I will say thou art the first man ever did so.
Thinking it a mark of distinction, the Dog grew proud of his bell and went tinkling it all over the marketplace.
But I’ll change the stone, for Billy Kirby hasn’t the eye for such a mark, I know.
The chiefs are armed with muskets," he said, "and our balloon would be too conspicuous a mark for their bullets.
Monsieur made a mark, but he kept on drinking after that.
Both A's runners who scored off Lackey reached base on a walk as Mark Kotsay scored on a Bobby Crosby double in the third inning and Nick Swisher came home on a Mark Ellis double in the fourth.
Although the problem was remedied, the two years of missed deliveries left a mark on the customer base and TB&A again was on the brink of closing its doors for good.