make a statement


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make a statement

1. To create, indicate, or communicate a certain kind of impression, idea, or mood. I chose such loud, clashing colors because I want the exhibit to really make a statement about the chaos of commercialism. Your outfit makes a statement about you to a potential employer before you have the chance to utter a single word.
2. To give one's formal account of events to police or investigators. As a matter of procedure, you'll be asked to come down to the station and make a statement about the robbery.
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make a statement

Create a certain impression; communicate an idea or mood without using words. For example, The furnishings here make a statement about the company. [Mid-1900s]
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References in classic literature ?
A DYING Man who had been shot was requested by officers of the law to make a statement, and be quick about it.