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first impression

The initial, introductory evaluation upon meeting a person, encountering something, or experiencing a situation for the first time. I had a bad first impression of the job when, on my very first day, the boss humiliated me in front of everyone in the office. I didn't have a great first impression of Steve, but we ended up becoming very close friends.
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First impressions are the most lasting.

Prov. People will remember the way you appear when you first meet them, so it is important to look and act your best when you meet someone for the first time. George spent two hours picking just the right clothes to wear when he met the head of the law firm, since he knew that first impressions are the most lasting.
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leave an impression (on someone)

 and leave someone with an impression
Fig. to provide a lasting memory for someone after one has left. (Akin to make an impression on someone.) Her performance was less than stunning. She didn't leave a very good impression on us.
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make an impression on someone

to produce a positive memorable effect on someone while one is present. (Akin to leave an impression (on someone).) Tom made quite an impression on the banker.
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make an impression

Produce a strong effect on one. This phrase is often qualified with an adjective such as good, bad, strong, or the like. For example, He tried to make a good impression on his girlfriend's parents, or Be careful or you'll make a bad impression on the jury, or You made quite an impression with that speech. [Mid-1600s]
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under the impression

Thinking, assuming, or believing something, as in I was under the impression that they were coming today. This idiom often suggests that the idea or belief one had is mistaken. [Mid-1800s]
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be under the imˈpression that...

believe, usually wrongly, that...: I was under the impression you were coming tomorrow, not today.
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Judging by my vague impressions of the place thus far, it is the exact opposite of Limmeridge.
Far and near the view suggested the same dreary impressions of solitude and decay, and the glorious brightness of the summer sky overhead seemed only to deepen and harden the gloom and barrenness of the wilderness on which it shone.
The impression of my dream revived; and the words, "All these things have not brought thee to repentance," ran seriously through my thoughts.
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1-3) A single, double-sided impression simultaneously captures an impression of the crown preparation, but also captures the maxillary arch, the mandibular arch and the occlusal relationship between the arches (Figure 1, pg.
The constructs of EI and impression management can be perceived within the framework of positive psychology.
FIRST impressions, as we all know, are lasting impressions - for comedian and actress Jan Ravens those impressions have made her one of TV's best know impersonators starring in Spitting Image and Dead Ringers.
Imagine you have a new colleague at work and your impression of that person is not very favourable.
The purpose of this work is to study the creep deformation of a PMR-15 resin, using the impression technique.
Its Performance Enhancing Cylinders (PEC) "provide a mounting platform for plates that allows for impression and absorbs vibrations.
Section Two investigates the "Seven Fundamentals of a First Impression," including the interactive dynamics of conversation, Section Three focuses on developing and adjusting your first impression style.
On the other hand, the mind is influenced by the impressions of the world we receive through the senses and motor organs.
So we had this impression, but that impression wasn't bad for us - it was the big, bad Enquirer up against everybody else.