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leave an impression

To have or create a strong impact on someone, whether good or bad (usually specified by an adjective before "impression.") Make sure you brush your hair and wear a clean suit—you want to leave a good impression on your first day in the office. It's clear that the defendant's impassioned speech left a strong impression on the jury.
See also: impression, leave
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

leave an impression (on someone)

 and leave someone with an impression
Fig. to provide a lasting memory for someone after one has left. (Akin to make an impression on someone.) Her performance was less than stunning. She didn't leave a very good impression on us.
See also: impression, leave
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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But the pencil frequently leaves an impression upon cardboard that no amount of rubbing can efface.
Minister Poposki is not to blame for it yet leaves an impression of a moderate person with manners without a political root though; Teuta Arifi, Deputy Prime Minister of European Affairs, is the driving force of many processes but is in a bad position because she should carry out good projects in which the Government has no interest.
IT'S not very often you meet someone who leaves an impression on you these days.
In doing so, he leaves an impression about the Mersey Ferries that is both inaccurate and unfair.
Every little detail leaves an impression. A professional planning team can handle every facet of your event.
The result is furniture that leaves an impression of lightness, refinement and discreet luxury thanks to the ability of our furniture designers and architects to--again and again--interpret our design philosophy in their spirit and with their individual touch.
Regardless, flyers remain--and seeing 25 years of them in one spot chronicling one movement in which we took part leaves an impression.
It obviously leaves an impression when a terrorist bomb Oct.