make a name

make a name for (oneself)

To establish oneself in a particular field or area; to become well-known. It took a long time and a bunch of supporting roles, but I've finally made a name for myself as an actor.
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make a name (for oneself)

Fig. to become famous. Sally wants to work hard and make a name for herself. It's hard to make a name without a lot of talent and hard work.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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