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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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But it seems like the Conjuring series is stuck somewhere as both 'The Nun' (2018) and 'Annabelle Creation' were just average films.
Vera Farmiga who portrayed the role of Warren in "The Conjuring," "The Conjuring 2," "The Nun," and the upcoming "Annabelle Comes Home," tweeted a heart touching message for the investigator where she wrote, "From my deep feeling of sorrow, a deep feeling of gratitude emerges.
I wasn't a huge fan of the Conjuring films, but I really enjoyed last year's prequel, Annabelle: Creation, and had fun with The Nun.
Which is a real shame given the film was written by It reboot scribe Gary Dauberman and Saw and Conjuring series helmer James Wan.
That's the point: The Conjuring , its sequel, and the first half of Annabelle: Creation (not Annabelle itself, which was shoddy) worked in a classical style that took its time and parcelled out drama to create queasy tension.
Taissa tried to watch 'The Conjuring' four times but was too frightened to see the blockbuster horror film through to the end.
Directed by James Wan, The Conjuring stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Warren who come to the assistance of the Perron family, who are experiencing disturbing events in their farmhouse.
In summer 1849, a small group gathered at Winterbourne House at Bonchurch on the Isle of Wight to watch a conjuring show by "The Unparalleled Necromancer Rhia Rhama Rhoos," a magician apparently "educated cabalistically in the Orange Groves of Salamanca and the Ocean Caves of Alum Bay" (Forster 89-90).
THE CONJURING 2 (15) HHH HH IN 1976, Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga) visit the Amityville house where Ronald DeFeo Jr was convicted of killing six members of his family.
THE CONJURING 2 (15) IN 1976, Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera FV armiga) visit the Amityville house where Ronald DeFeo Jr was convicted of killing six members of his family.
THE CONJURING 2 (15) IN 1976, Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga) visit the Amityville house where Ronald DeFeo Jr was convicted of killing six members of his family.
THE CONJURING 2 (15) HHH HH FACT and outlandish fiction are repeatedly smudged in James Wan's stylish sequel to his 2013 supernatural horror, which dramatised one of the real-life cases of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
American Hauntings: The True Stories Behind Hollywood's Scariest Movies--From The Exorcist to The Conjuring
McGrath's crystalline, evocative prose conjures an image of the past that defies nostalgia, conjuring images of a city that is in the midst of rewriting its own history.
THE VERDICT This spin-off from hit horror film The Conjuring features possessed doll Annabelle working her evil on a young family after a satanic cult invades their home.