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make a splash

To be very successful and garner a lot of public attention. The low-budget indie movie is making a big splash with audiences worldwide. The video game franchise was canceled after its latest entry failed to make a splash.
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splash about

 and splash around 
1. to move about in a volume of a liquid, splashing. The children splashed about in the pool. They splashed around for an hour.
2. [for a liquid] to move about, splashing. The water splashed about in the bucket. It splashed around as I carried the bucket.
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splash down

[for a space capsule] to land in the water. The capsule splashed down very close to the pickup ship.
See also: down, splash

splash on someone or something

to scatter [a liquid] on someone or something. Try to keep from splashing on anybody. Don't splash on the wall!
See also: on, splash

splash over

[for a volume of liquid] to overflow its container. A lot of the coffee splashed over before I got to the table with the cup. Don't fill it so full and it won't splash over.
See also: over, splash

splash someone or something up

to scatter a liquid onto someone or something. Don't get that stuff all over. Don't splash the place up! She splashed up the kitchen when she washed the dishes.
See also: splash, up

splash someone or something with something

to scatter or slosh someone or something with a liquid. The whales at Sea World splashed everyone in the audience with water. I splashed the side of the stove with pancake batter when I dropped the bowl.
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splash something about

to scatter or slosh a liquid about. Please don't splash that about. It will stain anything you spill it on. Don't splash that stuff about!
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splash something (all) over someone or something

to cause a liquid to overflow or engulf someone or something. Tony splashed water all over Nick. Who splashed milk all over the table?
See also: over, splash

splash something on(to) someone or something

to make a liquid scatter onto someone or something. Accidentally, the lab assistant splashed acid onto his arm. He splashed something on the counter.
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splash down

Land in water, as in The spacecraft splashed down within a few hundred yards of the pickup point. The splash in this idiom alludes to the impact of a solid body on water. [c. 1960]
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make a splash

COMMON If someone or something makes a splash, they attract a lot of attention, often by being very successful. Mrs Gorman has made quite a splash at Westminster with her outspoken views and colourful clothes. His debut single comes out in May — but has already made quite a splash in the States.
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make a splash

attract a great deal of attention.
1996 Amitav Ghosh The Calcutta Chromosome This was just about the time that new sciences like bacteriology and parasitology were beginning to make a splash in Europe.
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make, cause, etc. a ˈsplash

(informal) attract a lot of attention, for example in the newspapers, because you are famous: Their wedding created quite a splash in the newspapers.
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splash down

To land in water. Used of a spacecraft or missile: The spacecraft splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean.
See also: down, splash
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Splashers Swim Pants will again be the official sponsor of the Cub Paw(TM) Pool zero-depth water attraction at each of the 10 U.
Parents will benefit from the partnership between Great Wolf Resorts and Splashers Swim Pants as well, thanks to an exclusive $25 per night discount offer redeemable during select dates in 2010 by mentioning the offer at the time of reservation and presenting a Splashers Swim Pants proof of purchase or product package upon check-in.
CINCINNATI, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- With the 2008 Summer Games just around the corner, gold-medal swimmer and mother of two, Summer Sanders, is teaming up with Pampers(R) Splashers and the Swim for Life Foundation to help parents and children have a fun and safer summer.
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LITTLE splashers at Haven and British Holidays parks have helped raise money for baby charity Tommy's.
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Pampers Splashers swim diapers will sponsor the Cub Paw([TM]) Pool zero-depth pool and play attraction at the 10 Great Wolf Lodge([R]) brand resorts around the country, and its Blue Harbor Resort([TM]) in Sheboygan, Wis.
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For younger children there is Splashers, a water playground with games, climbing frames and rope bridges linking various slides.
CLIF Kid Splashers drink mix has electrolytes to promote and maintain hydration, with just half the sugar of apple juice.
19 /PRNewswire/ -- 120,021 Imperial Toy Water Splashers water balloons flew over the BYU campus on July 23rd 2010
Dr Lewis identified four main types of Christmas shoppers - splashers, dashers, cruisers and choosers.
Tots take to the high seas as Splashers, a supervised fun club for two to five year olds.