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 house was dark and shabby, and the greasy shoulders that had left their mark in Mr.
Baskerville sat for a long time, his eyes fixed upon it, and I read upon his eager face how much it meant to him, this first sight of that strange spot where the men of his blood had held sway so long and left their mark so deep.
The dictionary, published since 1885, describes individuals who have left their mark on British society.
A SERIES of overseas classroom assistants have left their mark at Tile Hill Wood School and Language college.
They reminded us of the Swedes, Danes, Norwegians and Finns who arrived here as woodsmen and farmers and left their mark in place names and archival photos of tree-felling camps, sawmills and boomtowns.
Whether they are finding ore where it wasn't before, creating dozens of jobs through a restaurant chain or leading by example, they have all left their mark on the Northern Ontario economy.
It is no accident that in the festival souvenir program, among the 10 photographs of Danish dancers who have left their mark on the international scene, they are all males (including Peter Martins, Ib Andersen, Erik Bruhn, Peter Schaufuss, Nikolaj Hubbe, and Johan Kobborg).
"Davis Brody Bond LLP has left their mark on New York City with exceptional projects and we are pleased to have them involved in working towards building the memorial that will honor all of those who lost their lives on September 11th 2001 and in the 1993 bombings."
One inquiring reader wants to go back in time when people on the move left their mark on the wall.
The garden closed under duress in 1823, but the performances left their mark, establishing many theatrical careers.
All the trends that have come and gone have left their mark on Santa Cruz and on me.
National consolidation, overseas exploration, conquest, and settlement, urban and regional development, commercial expansion, agrarian reform, and scientific, religious, and humanist rethinking have all been shown to depend on the new geography of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and geographical interests have been seen to have left their mark on literary and artistic expression of all sorts.
Atmospheric pollutants have again left their mark in the skies over Antarctica as this year's ozone hole reached maturity last week.
The emphasis on refined and sophisticated poses, the lack of interest in communicating with "the mass," have left their mark. This style of discussion is snobbish because of its deliberate disconnection from the substance of an issue and from the people who might want to hear an answer; it is dangerous not simply for the poison it spreads but also because of the time it wastes.