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make (one's) mark

To do something that will be remembered or that makes one famous or successful; to do something that is very important or meaningful. The actress first made her 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 my mark in the world with a groundbreaking discovery.
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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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References in classic literature ?
And now,'' said Locksley, ``I will crave your Grace's permission to plant such a mark as is used in the North Country; and welcome every brave yeoman who shall try a shot at it to win a smile from the bonny lass he loves best.
My grandsire,'' said Hubert, ``drew a good bow at the battle of Hastings, and never shot at such a mark in his life and neither will I.
Sirrah Locksley, do thou shoot; but, if thou hittest such a mark, I will say thou art the first man ever did so.
It is a mark that I have found before now," answered the young bowman.
There is a mark yonder on the hill," said he; "mayhap you can discern it.
Both A's runners who scored off Lackey reached base on a walk as Mark Kotsay scored on a Bobby Crosby double in the third inning and Nick Swisher came home on a Mark Ellis double in the fourth.
Although the problem was remedied, the two years of missed deliveries left a mark on the customer base and TB&A again was on the brink of closing its doors for good.