make (one's) mark

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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 one's mark

Achieve distinction, as in Terry soon made his mark as an organist. This expression transfers a written or printed symbol to a strong impression. [Mid-1800s] Also see make a name for oneself.
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make your mark

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make a mark

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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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Partnered by Paul Morgan, Tony Ranger and Tony Stokes, Draper's quartet made their mark on the Crewe Lane greens and fairways by scoring a net total of 56.
Summary: The cast of upcoming reality-based drama, Geordie Shore, have already made their mark despite the first episode not even airing yet.
Indirectly, Thunder Bay Aviation has made their mark by distributing their parts to international aviation businesses, increasing their client list.
Collectables Records specializes in packaging classic, inexpensive, superbly produced collections of outstanding musicians, singers, bands, and musical groups that have made their mark in the fields of jazz, R&B, country, rock 'n roll, and popular music.
Bordeaux is the wine region centered by tradition and fame--but in the past two decades innovators have made their mark even in this sacred region, streamlining and adjusting established cultivation and fermentation techniques to produce a different type of wine than the classic bordeaux style.
American Ballet Theatre's Herman and Erica Cornejo, for instance, don't fit the stereotype of Latin passion, but have made their mark in other ways.
He watched as his three older brothers made their mark on the football field.
They made their mark above the rim on the blacktop in Harlem at Rucker Park, the most famous outdoor arena in the country.
The summer after secondary school challenges the three Yorkshire girls who struggle with leaving their small town where they have made their mark and entering the different worlds of Cambridge and London.
Rhys Hughes and Tom Mapp went on as replacements and both made their mark.
Although NASA delayed launching a space shuttle to avoid any meteor damage and commanded several space vehicles to point away from the shower, the Perseids seem to have made their mark on spacecraft nonetheless.
In turn we are able to recognize those who have made their mark in Arizona through technology-based businesses and are now giving back to the community--our Techanthropic awards put real technology heroes in the spotlight at Byte Night.
Among those who made their mark along with Russell last year were Wes Anderson with his off-kilter comedy ``Rushmore''; the Wachowski brothers, who before their groundbreaking special-effects film ``The Matrix,'' had made the kinky low-budget mob film ``Bound''; and former video director Spike Jonze, who is also in ``Three Kings'' and whose ``Being John Malkovich'' was as delightfully absurd as it was insightful.
These individuals, selected by the staff of the magazine for their past accomplishments and potential future performance, have made their mark in this high visibility and highly competitive practice area by successfully trying and settling major cases.
The Police Department's K-9 units once again have made their mark, winning top honors at a Redondo Beach competition that involved more than 30 law enforcement agencies.