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carbon footprint

The contribution of environmentally harmful gases, commonly known as greenhouse gases, produced by human activity. I always thought planting lots of trees was a good way of offsetting our carbon footprint, but apparently it's not as straightforward as that. The carbon footprint caused by the burning of fossil fuels has been colossal.
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footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down

proverb Only those who take action will be remembered in history. We have to challenge what this oppressive new law. Come on, people—footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down!
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leave a/(one's) footprint

To have a significant or lasting impact on someone or something. It's very common for a first love to leave a footprint on your heart. You only get one first love, so you'll never forget that person. Mrs. Smith was one of the most beloved teachers here before she retired. She certainly left her footprint on the St. Pius community.
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leave a/(one's) footprint in (something)

To have a significant or lasting impact on someone or something. It's very common for a first love to leave a footprint in your heart. You only get one first love, so you'll never forget that person. Mrs. Smith was one of the most beloved teachers here before she retired. She certainly left her footprint in the St. Pius community.
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leave a/(one's) footprint on (something)

To have a significant or lasting impact on someone or something. It's very common for a first love to leave a footprint on your heart. You only get one first love, so you'll never forget that person. Mrs. Smith was one of the most beloved teachers here before she retired. She certainly left her footprint on the St. Pius community.
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leave footprints

To have a significant or lasting impact on someone or something. A possessive adjective can be used between "leave" and "footprints." It's very common for a first love to leave its footprints on your heart. You only get one first love, so you'll never forget that person. Mrs. Smith was one of the most beloved teachers here before she retired. She certainly left footprints on the St. Pius community.
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leave footprints in (something)

To have a significant or lasting impact on someone or something. A possessive adjective can be used between "leave" and "footprints." It's very common for a first love to leave footprints in your heart. You only get one first love, so you'll never forget that person. Mrs. Smith was one of the most beloved teachers here before she retired. She certainly left her footprints in the St. Pius community.
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leave footprints on (something)

To have a significant or lasting impact on someone or something. A possessive adjective can be used between "leave" and "footprints." It's very common for a first love to leave footprints on your heart. You only get one first love, so you'll never forget that person. Mrs. Smith was one of the most beloved teachers here before she retired. She certainly left her footprints on the St. Pius community.
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carbon footprint

The total contribution of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by a particular activity, enterprise, or product. The increasing concern about the harmful effect of human activity on the environment has promoted the use of this term, which may soon be a cliché. The Boston Globe travel section headlined an article on “green” (ecologically harmless) vacations: “Leave Your Carbon Footprint at Home” (June 6, 2010). Gregg Hurwitz’s novel They’re Watching (2010) has the lines, “‘What’s a lifestyle coach do, exactly?’ I asked. ‘We’re working on reducing Keith’s carbon footprint.’”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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