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name to conjure with

1. A name that is important or well-known. There are definitely some names to conjure with at the upcoming industry conference!
2. An unusual or interesting name. Englebert Humperdinck is certainly a name to conjure with!
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conjure up

1. Literally, to cause something to appear, as by magic or other supernatural means. A noun or pronoun can be used between "conjure" and "up" or after "up." The magician wowed the crowd when he waved his hands and seemingly conjured up a rabbit.
2. To locate something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "conjure" and "up" or after "up." Hang on, let me see if I can conjure up a pen for you. Any luck conjuring up some limes?
3. To evoke thoughts or images of someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "conjure" and "up" or after "up." We can't name our baby Glinda—that name immediately conjures up images of The Wizard of Oz! As an author, your job is to conjure up the action in the reader's mind.
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conjure someone or something up

1. Lit. to make someone or something appear, seemingly by the use of magic. The magician conjured seven white doves up. Then an old wizard conjured up a horse.
2. Fig. to manage to locate someone or something. I think I can conjure a pencil up for you. Do you think you can conjure up a large coffee urn in the next half hour?
3. Fig. to manage to think up or imagine someone or something in one's mind. Can you conjure a vision of grandma up? All I could do was to conjure up happy memeories.
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a name to conjure with

mainly BRITISH
1. If you say that someone or something is a name to conjure with, you mean that they are very famous and important. Bugattis, Bentleys, Ferraris — motoring names to conjure with, and all part of a breath-taking display of classic cars. Doris Kearns Goodwin is not a name to conjure with in this country, but in the United States she is a star.
2. If you say that someone or something's name is a name to conjure with, you mean their name is very unusual or funny. Lily's sister, for instance, is Vera Cheeseman. Now there's a name to conjure with. Note: In this expression, the importance and influence associated with a person or thing are regarded as a kind of magical power which you can call on by using their name.
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a name to conjure with

a person who is important within a particular sphere of activity.
The image here is of magically summoning a spirit to do your bidding by invoking a powerful name or using a spell.
1954 Iris Murdoch Under the Net His name, little known to the public, is one to conjure with in Hollywood.
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a name to ˈconjure with

1 the name of a well-known, very respected and admired person, group or thing in a particular field: My father went to school with Bill Gates — now there’s a name to conjure with!
2 (humorous) used when you mention a name that is difficult to remember or pronounce: The soup was called chlodnik — now there’s a name to conjure with!
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The pairing of John and Julius as narrators establishes a necessary tension in the text between the rational voice of reason embodied in John's perspective and the manipulative voice of imaginative possibility embodied in Julius's perspective, which he conveys in his conjure tales.
Aurisio tries respectfully to admonish Jose against using the powerful reza-brava "Sao Marcos" and against teasing conjure men.
Chireau's observation that the "largely uninstitutionalized" nature of Conjure meant that "few [practitioners] were able to establish sustained movements that outlived them," and that the African Methodist Church "became the strategic center" for slaves' organization of the Denmark Vesey revolt (68, 65) begs for reflection on Emile Durkheim's famous dictum that "There is no church of magic" (The Elementary Forms of Religious Life [New York: Free Press, 1965], 60).
s nine-part schema when the "sects" and "cults" in African American religious and cultural history that conjure culture with texts outside the "canon" are added?
The narrator of The Conjure Woman is a white male Northerner living in the southern United States who passes along the stories told him by ex-slave Julius McAdoo.
Summary: Jose Mourinho says he has no "magic potion" to conjure victory for Real Madrid against Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final.
Produced and cowritten by Stuart Price (Los Rythmes Digitales), Confessions is sequenced for nonstop movement, and the songs are propulsive enough that lyrics become irrelevant--until you pay attention to them, that is, like on the annoyingly kabbalistic "Isaac," But the winners here, such as the lead single "Hung Up," with its giddy, gimmicky ABBA loop, and the minor-key disco urgency of "Get Together," are as bright and shiny and fun as any old-school "Burning Up" moment your memory can conjure.
In another story, "True Romance," an isolated romance writer, thought to be a pot grower, has settled in a remote area where he can conjure up his private myths.
And I realised that the crooked images we conjure of people in a public spotlight are usually no more than a figmentof our vivid imaginations.
Like when / someone says, "don't think of / an elephant" and all you can conjure up / are Dumbo ears and peanut breath.
It is true that Gabriel himself dismisses the other slaves' superstitions, and this has led Eric Sundquist to note that, "although conjure has undeniable power in the slave world recreated in Black Thunder, it is set in contrast to the decidedly rational foundation provided for Gabriel's bid to be free" (97); Sundquist argues that ultimately conjure remains ambivalent in this novel, since it both causes a "disabling fear of 'stars,' 'signs,' and 'bad hands' " that dooms the rebellion, and "ultimately becomes a mechanism for power and revenge within the community" (121-22).
United States of Christophica" doesn't conjure images of amber waves of grain.
Arguing for "conjurational spirituality" (ix) as a distinctive category of African-American religiosity, Smith asks his readers to reexamine the Euro-Christian tradition of biblical figuration through the lens of African and Afro-American folk practices of conjure (that is, the ability to invoke and manipulate extraordinary powers for good or for ill).