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

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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
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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.
At Jacob's Pillow this year, the spirits of some of those who paused here and left their marks seemed in evidence everywhere.
The roving reptiles left their marks in muddy ground near a lakeshore during the later stage of the Triassic period, some 210 million years ago, Weems said last week at a press conference announcing the finds.
Layers of discolored brown varnish, an extensive network of fine cracks and repeated restoration efforts have left their marks. To get an idea of how the masterpiece may have looked originally and to recover faint or lost details, physicist John F.