leave (one's) mark

(redirected from leave their marks)

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.
See also: leave, mark

leave your mark

or

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.
See also: leave, mark

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
References in classic literature ?
"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.
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.
The new analysis, Pellmyr says, is the most direct evidence that yucca moths also leave their marks.