leave (one's) mark

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leave (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 left 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 leave my mark on the world with a groundbreaking discovery.
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leave your mark


leave a mark

COMMON If someone or something leaves their mark or leaves a mark on someone or something, they change them or have a lasting effect on them. He now has five more years in office and would still dearly like to leave his mark on the world. I lived abroad, in Asia, for four years, and this is an experience that tends to leave its mark. Hani left an indelible mark on the politics of South Africa.
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ˌleave/ˌmake your/its ˈmark (on something/somebody)

do something important, that has a lasting effect or makes a lasting impression (on something/somebody): As Minister for Education, he left his mark on British politics.Her two unhappy marriages have left their mark (= have made her an unhappy person).
See also: leave, make, mark
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"The years leave their mark," he said, "upon us all--upon all of us, that is, who step out into the open where the winds of life are blowing.
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A series of building types get the Sudjic treatment: museums, airports, towers, libraries and so on, each chapter providing further examples of the intriguing and often fraught relationships between politics, money, power and the desire on the part of so many individuals to leave their mark on the world, in the form of buildings and monuments.
SCIENTISTS have devised a product to ensure people who enjoy summer picnics don't leave their mark on the countryside.
Large public events and social forces are large because they leave their mark on many individuals; history is personally crippling, and the public is public because it is so generally private.
These fabrication processes leave their mark on the material in the form of a texture or preferred orientation of the grains in the microstructure.
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The fingerprints of people from San Gimignano were the latest to be collected in this way, as a sign of the participation of nonexperts who also leave their mark on art.
By ejecting ash and debris into the atmosphere, volcanoes also leave their mark. The violent eruption of the Aegean island of Thera (or Santorini) about 3,500 years ago left an important legacy not only for geologists but for archaeologists as well, because it buried a number of developing Bronze Age settlements on the island and is thought to have wiped out the Minoan civilization on Crete, to the south.
Pigeons usually leave their mark on public statues and parkbenches, but they have now left their mark on the study of a basic principle of human memory.
Hawkinson also generates a simulated X-ray photograph by rubbing pastel on a sheet of fabric wrapped around his body so that the bonier protrusions leave their marks; constructs a graph of the relative circumference of his body as measured at regular intervals from head to toe; and draws himself as if woven from lace.
Multiple events, but especially the dotcom crash and the World Trade Center disaster, will forever leave their marks. Prudent companies, however, will manage their businesses well in this downturn.