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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References in classic literature ?
He always pokes about the old streets looking lonesome, making his mark on a wall here and there, and eyeing the oldest buildings with a sort of friendly half interest; and he sheds a few tears at the threshold of his ancient dwelling, and bitter, bitter tears they are.
Wopsle, united to a Roman nose and a large shining bald forehead, had a deep voice which he was uncommonly proud of; indeed it was understood among his acquaintance that if you could only give him his head, he would read the clergyman into fits; he himself confessed that if the Church was "thrown open," meaning to competition, he would not despair of making his mark in it.
According to a statement issued in Abuja by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), the President condoled with Oyebanji's family, friends and colleagues, particularly at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), where he worked for 35 years, making his mark as a sportscaster.
On-loan St Mirren midfielder Jim Kellermann is making his mark at AFC Fylde.
On making his mark as a father: I can teach them how to close deals and respect for people, but all these things can be better achieved when you have a good relationship with Christ Jesus.
He then moved to Burscough before making his mark in the Football Conference with Southport, Droylsden, Chester and Telford.
QPR owner Tony Fernandes wasted little time in making his mark, and the club made a number of signings in the summer.
A BRIGHOUSE businessman is making his mark in the insurance world.
DIOMANSY KAMARA has immediately set his sights on making his mark in the Barclays Premier League after completing his pounds 6million transfer from West Brom to Fulham.
IPSWICH midfielder Darren Currie is certainly making his mark. The Tractor Boys star has just added his FOURTEENTH tattoo to his body.
One of Billingham Forum's youngest ice-skating stars is well on the way to making his mark on the spot.
Lawrence Rhodes is making his mark at The Juilliard School.
Out British director Terence Davies talks about making his mark with personal films as well as the lush new adaptation of The House of Mirth, starring Gillian Anderson
At Hamilton, the quietly progressive Modern Verse (4.30) is fancied to get off the mark in the 1m3f maiden as a prelude to making his mark in handicaps later in the year.
David Coulthard created motor racing history at the weekend by making his mark on two continents in a matter of seconds.