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make a mark

To do something that makes one famous or successful; to do something that is very important or meaningful. The actress first made a mark with her incredible performance as Lady Macbeth on Broadway. I chose to pursue a career in medical research so that I might someday make a mark in the world with a groundbreaking discovery.
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References in classic literature ?
Monsieur made a mark, but he kept on drinking after that.
Aside from having made a mark in the business world, they are, in one of the stranger bits of business news, all dyslexic.