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make (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 made 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 make my mark in the world with a groundbreaking discovery.
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make one's mark

to do something that allows one to receive appropriate recognition. Perry made his mark by inventing a special kind of holder for a cell phone.
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make your mark


make a mark

1. If you make your mark or make a mark, you do something which causes you to become noticed or famous. Today we look at the new generation of Japanese directors making their mark in world cinema. She's only been with the company for three months but she's certainly made her mark. He was new to politics and had not yet made a mark.
2. If something makes its mark or makes a mark, it starts to be noticed or to have an effect. The film has already made its mark in terms of awards. If cricket ever made a mark in the United States, it would be guys like Bevan who would sell it.
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make your mark

become famous and successful.
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ˌmake your ˈmark

become famous because you are very good at something: He’s an actor who has made his mark in comedy shows.
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He said: "We made Mark what we consider to have been an outstanding offer to stay with us.
I have made Mark Smith a couple of offers and we are talking," said Adams.
Merouane Zemmama made Mark Wilson and former Hibs captain Gary Caldwell look silly by cutting inside of the left flank, but the Scotland defender got back to clear his low shot off the line.
Vaughan said: "We have made Mark what I consider to be a generous offer, and hopefully I will receive a decision from him in the next few days.
WELSH footie fans have sided with bookmakers Jack Brown who last week made Mark Hughes' soccer heroes only third favourites to win their group.
A vocal minority made Mark Robins' mind up, and at the moment there is too much negativity about the place.
MIC followed toff twits who made Mark Wright and his fake-tan pals in Essex seem deserving of their BAFTA.
It was Amy Winehouse that suggested covering the tune, and it not only gave the pair a global hit but made Mark a massive fan of the Liverpool band.