make a name for oneself

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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

Achieve distinction, become prominent or well known, as in Martha is making a name for herself as an excellent chef. The earliest recorded use of this term was in John Wycliffe's followers' translation of the Bible (II Samuel 8:13): "Forsooth David made to him a name." Also see make one's mark.
See also: make, name