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dress to impress

cliché To dress in a way that will leave others with a favorable opinion of one. Come on, this is an important job interview, so you've got to dress to impress! Torn jeans and a tee shirt are not gonna cut it! I take a lot of pride in my appearance when I'm at the office. I make sure my hair and makeup are on point, and I always dress to impress.
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impress (someone) as (something)

To please and affect someone by exhibiting a particular skill or manner. I think she'll make a great receptionist—she certainly impressed me as a calm person, especially under pressure.
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impress (someone) with (something)

To please and affect someone by exhibiting a particular skill or manner. You really impressed the committee with your bold plan for the initiative.
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impress (something) (up)on (someone)

1. To press or push something into something else in order to make a mark or print. I impressed the baby's footprint on the sheet of paper.
2. To put forth effort so that someone learns or remembers something. I try to impress the importance of strong morals upon my kids every day.
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impress (something) into (something)

To press or push something into something else. I impressed the baby's foot into the ink pad and then onto the piece of paper.
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impress by (something)

To please and affect someone by exhibiting a particular skill or manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "impress" and "by." I'm very impressed by your ability to stay calm under pressure, which is certainly what we need in a receptionist. You really impressed the committee by your bold thinking.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

impress someone as something

to be memorable to someone as a particular type of person. She didn't impress me as a particularly wise individual. Liz impressed us all as a skilled artisan.
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impress someone by something

to make someone notice one's good qualities. You impress me by your willingness to serve. We were all impressed by your candor.
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impress someone with someone or something

to awe someone with someone or something. Are you trying to impress me with your wisdom? She impressed him with her friend, who was very tall.
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impress something into something

to press something into something. I impressed the key into the wax, making a perfect copy. Andy impressed his thumb into the pie.
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impress something (up)on someone

to make someone fully aware of something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) You must impress these facts upon everyone you meet. She impressed its importance on me.
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impress something (up)on something

to press something into the surface of something, leaving a mark. The ribbing of my socks impressed a pattern upon my calves. The heavy vase impressed its outline on the pine tabletop.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

impress on

or impress upon
1. To produce something, as a mark or pattern, on a surface by pressure; imprint something on a surface: We impressed the stencil outline on the fabric.
2. To impart a strong or vivid impression of something in the mind of someone: The singing coach impressed her theories of music on me.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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ImPress Manicure features the groundbreaking Ultra-Hold Technology, a pre-applied, waterproof adhesive affixed to the back of the nail that offers a fast and easy, salon-quality manicure that's safe on natural nails.
Via its USB interface, the IMP-T series can be connected to Impress' ComBox module--which not only powers the IMP-T device, but also enables connection to a PC or laptop, allowing the user to view, configure and data log the output using proprietary software.
The tenement area held by Impress and Senex borders Beach's PEL 91 tenement which is home to the Chiton-1 oil discovery.
Anyway, the pool, which has now been filled in and landscaped, was a major place to impress the girls, at least for some lads.
So we didn't impress our subscribers, and we certainly haven't been trying to impress advertisers.
But attempts to impress a sardonic Cowell fail and the audience boos Homer's terrible singing.
Accompanied by a good orchestra, a company of professional dancers can really impress a visitor.
A third of young people have committed the ultimate culinary sin - passing off a ready meal as their own creation just to impress someone.
"I don't see any players who really impress me from either side of the Atlantic, to be honest," said the charismatic and once all-conquering Spaniard.
"Real pressures lead to this, such as the all-too-human need to impress your higher authority--the board or your boss--or the media, to demonstrate that you are in charge," the authors noted.
Tokyo, Japan, Aug 26, 2005 - (JCNN) - Impress Holdings announced on August 24 that it has formed a business alliance with major Chinese IT-related publisher Posts & Telecom Press.
Finish media group SanomaWSOY Corporation said on Wednesday (8 December) that its Rautakirja division had acquired a 51% majority holding in the Lithuanian press distribution company UAB Impress Teva.
Genuine piety is honest about who it is trying to impress and focuses solely on actions by which God (not the practitioner) is glorified.
With assistance of research partners from several countries, the Irish engineers are working on two programs, CETSOL and IMPRESS, which are designed to improve the understanding of gravity's effect on metalcasting and solidification.