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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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Overall, I would say this book can provide some interesting insight into the thinking behind many forms of conjuring methods and effects.
Director James Wan's latest horror flick, The Conjuring, claims to have been based on a true story.
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What are the wider sociopolitical, aesthetic, and other implications of the biblical-canonical circumscription of conjuring efforts?
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Keith Gillespie obviously has dogs (I'm conjuring up images of big furry Dulux dogs full of bounce and slobbery kisses) and he's human enough to make an eejit of himself with a mobile.
during his graduate-school years, conjuring the details of a fictional central African empire or turning presidents' sons into toads.
By conjuring a wrathful God through the repetition of this ritual incantation, Gabriel leads his fellow slaves to transform themselves from passive victims of the masters to active participants in a divine order.
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Like many works seeking to replace old interpretive structures with new theoretical frameworks, Conjuring Culture at times buckles under the weight of its own groundbreaking construction.
His extensive improvisations (hope that's OK, Thomas) act dumb in the face of consumerism, conjuring gold bars and monster Swiss watches out of tinfoil and tat.
Even in the season of 1606, conjuring was ridiculous as well as scary; Macbeth does not have to hold a wizard's staff in order to be a terrifying example.
In their efforts to use laser light for communications and computing, scientists are constantly conjuring up new materials capable of modulating and controlling the properties of those laser signals.
The music is full with nostalgia for a simpler time, conjuring images of playing stickball in the street or enjoying a festive block party with friends and family along Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.