make (one's) number

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make (one's) number

1. obsolete To report one's arrival, especially to begin or resume one's obligation or responsibility. All sailors are expected to make their number as soon as they return from shore leave.
2. To achieve a sales quota one is expected or required to meet. If you want to make your number each month, you have to have focus, discipline, and a friendly demeanor that puts prospective clients at ease.
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make your number

report your arrival, pay a courtesy call, or report for duty.
This expression has nautical origins: when ships made their number , they signalled to others the number by which they were registered. The literal sense was first recorded in the mid 19th century, with the figurative extension developing soon afterwards.
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And the A458, which starts in Quinton and heads west into Wales via Shrewsbury, makes number 40 on the list with 1.
If the track makes number one on Friday, it will be James' second official chart topper.
But the Queen - top of the list in 1930 1989 - only makes number 302 with [euro]474million.
euro]e family who are behind the Barbour brand of outdoor clothing makes number seven of the Rich List.
Although Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody was victor in the 1973 chart race between the two songs, it only makes number five in the download list - behind Wizzard's I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday at four.
It just goes to show people that when I really put my mind to something it makes number one and it's brilliant and I'm absolutely over the moon.
The top 100 throws up some surprises - Humphrey Bogart classic Casablanca only makes number 98 and Lawrence of Arabia languishes at number 77
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Civica, which also makes number plate recognition software for use in speed enforcement and bus lanes, is due to float on Monday.
King Henry VIII is best known for his string of marriages, but he makes number 84 for his Pastime With Good Companye.
Another area of the company makes number plates, L-plates and GB stickers.
NUMBER ONE: Teesside's X Factor star James Arthur celebrates as his single 'Impossible' makes Number One with sales of 490,000 copies
Balfour Beatty plc, which makes number 11 on the list, is once again the UK's biggest construction firm, ahead of the likes of Taylor Woodrow and George Wimpey.
Alfie, ranked just inside the top 50 in 2002, now makes number 15 in the national poll, perhaps helped along by EastEnders' Alfie Moon.