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make an impression

To have or create a strong impact on someone, whether good or bad (usually specified by an adjective before "impression.") Make sure you brush your hair and wear a clean suit—you want to make a good impression on your first day in the office. It's clear that the defendant's impassioned speech made a strong impression on the jury.
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make an impression

Produce a strong effect on one. This phrase is often qualified with an adjective such as good, bad, strong, or the like. For example, He tried to make a good impression on his girlfriend's parents, or Be careful or you'll make a bad impression on the jury, or You made quite an impression with that speech. [Mid-1600s]
See also: impression, make
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Sam, a Dalton Junior School pupil has a long way to go though until he makes an impression on the Guinness book of records.
He's also dazzled by a trendy priest (Phil Nichol), and is welcomed into the church club, where he soon makes an impression.
Hill says that as a tapper Brooks makes an impression with the rhythm.
President of Whitworth College (Wash.) Bill Robinson makes an impression on incoming freshman early in the game, writing a personal note on each student's acceptance letter.
The band have been tipped for big things and this single certainly makes an impression.
Therapy is one of the areas that can make a very big difference in how the community sees our facilities and makes an impression that lasts for years.