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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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