make (one's) number

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make (one's) number

1. obsolete To report one's arrival, especially to begin or resume one's obligation or responsibility. All sailors are expected to make their number as soon as they return from shore leave.
2. To achieve a sales quota one is expected or required to meet. If you want to make your number each month, you have to have focus, discipline, and a friendly demeanor that puts prospective clients at ease.
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make your number

report your arrival, pay a courtesy call, or report for duty.
This expression has nautical origins: when ships made their number , they signalled to others the number by which they were registered. The literal sense was first recorded in the mid 19th century, with the figurative extension developing soon afterwards.
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Zahoor Barlas was facing allegation that he made number of appointments of political basis without follow any procedure.
The moment has made number 10 in the top TV moments of 2018.
Junior school youngsters made number superhero capes and enjoyed a number hunt in the woods as well as an alien maths relay and a 'crack the code' to open a padlock.
The track 'Talk Dirty' itself sold over six million singles worldwide and made number one in charts around the world, while dominating radio charts in America.
Widely regarded as true pioneers of both music and video technology to arise during the mid-80s, they are perhaps best known for their huge and instantly recognisable hit Take On Me, which made Number One internationally, matched by their single The Sun Always Shines on TV - both of which were fruit of their best-selling debut album Hunting High and Low, released in 1985.
He said Rawalpindi has been made number one city in the province particularly in sports, education and health sectors.
Islamabad -- The Senate Special Committee has made number of recommendations to Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) regarding the changes in its functions and reforms in civil service and has asked the Commission to send a draft proposal incorporating the recommendations by first week of March.
Only the 31st biggest betting race in 2015, it soared to number 15 in 2016 and last year made number six.
"The Supreme Court with its decision has made number of poor across the national unemployed.
They notched up a dozen top 40 USA hits too, the biggest of them, surprisingly, being Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress, which made number two in 1972.
Lyca mobile, phone company from London, has issued a legal notice to MP Charles Nirmalanathan alleging that he has made number of defamatory and false allegations through a South Indian-based TV station 'Puthiya Thalaimurai,' against their housing project that was scheduled to be opened by South Indian aging and fast balding film actor Rajinikanth.
The Warrington indie group made number 11 in the official singles chart with song Swings & Waterslides, but failed to grab the number one spot.
Their next two singles, Too Close and If You Come Back both made Number 1.
After conceding goal Blue Star made number of counter attacks but could not defeat Soccer defense line.
In the coastal town of Llandudno, Providero Tea and Coffee House made number six.