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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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It had ceased ere I was wide awake, but it had left an impression behind it as though a window had gently closed somewhere.
DANNY Boyle certainly left an impression on the world with his opening ceremony, but for me it was tainted when he used farm animals for sensation.
But the former Tesco worker told Newstalk it was Prince Philip who really left an impression.
YOUR recent letter ("Look at what we cleared up from our local stream", Viewpoints, May 14) from Ben Rimell telling the story of he, Joe and Rebecca left an impression on me as an old "Roathie".
"She always left an impression of a tolerant, sympathetic and loveable person considered as pure 'sunshine' in any social context.
The Champions League tie that was won in the end by a stunning free-kick goal from Shunsuke Nakamura, right, left an impression on the manager's mind.
In addition to his teaching at Vanderbilt, he also was a visiting professor at Pepperdine, the University of Pennsylvania, George Washington University, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Georgia, where he left an impression on many of his colleagues.
From the former military man who resented being taught by a woman to the charming French-Canadian student who relies on Professor Jaggers to save his life and preserve his romantic outlook (the last, alas, doomed to disappointment), these are fully dimensional sketches of students who left an impression on this unusual humanities professor.
The force left an impression in the brick, but it didn't cause a fracture.
Whether you plan to make men's class a habit or take it only on occasion, as Joffrey dancer Emily Patterson did as a student, you might agree when she says, "They definitely left an impression. The way the men present themselves is more bravura, and it was good for me to see that." Ballerinas who fly through the air with the ballon and bravura to rival a man's leave an impression, too.
It left an impression. Since, he has worked as a JA volunteer and as a board member.
For Gloria Wade Gayles, it was the schools' polished hardwood floors and large, colorful bulletin boards that left an impression during her years in elementary and high school.
Every visitor left an impression on it--art as pressure, printing as pressure, impression, tracing.
They left an impression which will last long after the waters eventually subside.
Mind you I'm slightly surprised because while everyone knows and admires the Auld Yin, I didn't realise he expected his sell-out audiences to have a scooby's about meClearly the cosy lunch we shared back in the Seventies left an impression on him.
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