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name to conjure with

1. A name that is important or well-known. There are definitely some names to conjure with at the upcoming industry conference!
2. An unusual or interesting name. Englebert Humperdinck is certainly a name to conjure with!
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conjure up

1. Literally, to cause something to appear, as by magic or other supernatural means. A noun or pronoun can be used between "conjure" and "up" or after "up." The magician wowed the crowd when he waved his hands and seemingly conjured up a rabbit.
2. To locate something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "conjure" and "up" or after "up." Hang on, let me see if I can conjure up a pen for you. Any luck conjuring up some limes?
3. To evoke thoughts or images of someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "conjure" and "up" or after "up." We can't name our baby Glinda—that name immediately conjures up images of The Wizard of Oz! As an author, your job is to conjure up the action in the reader's mind.
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conjure someone or something up

1. Lit. to make someone or something appear, seemingly by the use of magic. The magician conjured seven white doves up. Then an old wizard conjured up a horse.
2. Fig. to manage to locate someone or something. I think I can conjure a pencil up for you. Do you think you can conjure up a large coffee urn in the next half hour?
3. Fig. to manage to think up or imagine someone or something in one's mind. Can you conjure a vision of grandma up? All I could do was to conjure up happy memeories.
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a name to conjure with

mainly BRITISH
1. If you say that someone or something is a name to conjure with, you mean that they are very famous and important. Bugattis, Bentleys, Ferraris — motoring names to conjure with, and all part of a breath-taking display of classic cars. Doris Kearns Goodwin is not a name to conjure with in this country, but in the United States she is a star.
2. If you say that someone or something's name is a name to conjure with, you mean their name is very unusual or funny. Lily's sister, for instance, is Vera Cheeseman. Now there's a name to conjure with. Note: In this expression, the importance and influence associated with a person or thing are regarded as a kind of magical power which you can call on by using their name.
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a name to conjure with

a person who is important within a particular sphere of activity.
The image here is of magically summoning a spirit to do your bidding by invoking a powerful name or using a spell.
1954 Iris Murdoch Under the Net His name, little known to the public, is one to conjure with in Hollywood.
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a name to ˈconjure with

1 the name of a well-known, very respected and admired person, group or thing in a particular field: My father went to school with Bill Gates — now there’s a name to conjure with!
2 (humorous) used when you mention a name that is difficult to remember or pronounce: The soup was called chlodnik — now there’s a name to conjure with!
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It was a pleasure working with my good friend Chris Bridges on the Conjure commercial.
Conjure was the winner of Beverage Information Group's Rising Star Award and a gold medalist in both the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the 2011 Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America Tasting Competition.
After admitting to no less than 72 interdictions plus a few other small superstitions and describing Calango-Frito as a place where conjuring and magical beliefs were widespread even among children, the narrator reaffirms he adamantly refused to believe in conjure men: "but, no, not conjure men" (225).
Of course, Conjure is by nature difficult to trace historically, since it is usually the ephemeral action of charismatic individuals.
The cyclones depicted, the text continues, either "retreat into deep space" or "project off the surface," and Salle is indeed at pains here to conjure perspectival back-and-forth.
Each breathtaking, patiently hand-drawn, burnt-edge page features pictures and symbols to conjure evil (dead) up in your neighborhood.
But Eisenman was adamant in his argument that the Field of Stelae is intended to conjure 'the unforgettable', while the underground information centre (the Ort der Information) is there to record the 'memorable'; it has for instance direct computer links to the Israeli database on all known murdered Jews.
Though his storytelling and logic could often use refinement, and despite his unfortunate tendency to meander off topic, Wild does conjure up some eye-opening trivia on the coffee manufacturing process, and there is merit to his claim that Third World farmers are facing a raw deal in part because of free trades unintended consequences.
In Mettler's films, images conjure much more than they represent.
In Mama Day, everyone on the island of Willow Springs knows the other place--its name, its location, the history of its ownership, its liminality--but no one knows the name of the powerful conjure woman who made the other place a "magic circle," not even Mama Day, her direct descendant.
But is it too much to ask that some good Catholics come up with some good, clean Catholic jokes that don't conjure images of Far Side-esque nerds cracking jokes about the real meaning of E=m[c.
She could transform herself into a teddy bear, conjure up visions of herself in red, or wish herself into the glitzy, 1950s and 60s with their Pop Art Thunderbirds and Chevys.
Several of the remaining pieces conjure up yuletide, including Liszt's original compositions "Scherzoso" (a musical depiction of lighting candles on the Christmas tree) and two works about bells and chimes.
Another holiday party favorite, punch is sure to conjure up days gone by reminiscent of cut glass bowls and ladles filled with frothy, sliced fruit-topped potions, spiked and unspiked.